Materials for making masks
A 2013 study (PDF) by Cambridge University, which studied how aerosolized bacteria and viruses passed through DIY mask materials inserted into a testing device, indicates that only vacuum cleaner bags came close to matching surgical masks’ ability to block one type of virus; among cloth masks, tea towels blocked the highest percentage of the virus. In Thailand, muslin cloth is the most recommended material from which to make masks.
- Vacuum cleaner bag material. I have not been able to locate any sources for that online. If you do, please let me know and I will update this page. Many thanks!
- Halyard One-Step Sterilization Wrap – https://products.halyardhealth.com/surgical-solutions/sterilization-solutions/sterilization-wraps/halyard-kimguard-one-step-sterilization-wrap.html (based on recommendation by the University of Florida Medical Center – see https://ufhealth.org/news/2020/uf-health-anesthesiology-team-devises-respirator-mask-made-existing-hospital-materials).
You can find stores near you by searching for “where to buy halyard sterilization wrap”. Here is the link to the results I got – https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=where+to+buy+halyard+sterilization+wrap.
- Tea towel fabric (recommended by Cambridge University):
- Muslin – JoAnn’s Fabrics has a 100% Cotton unbleached muslin for just $4.49/yd. You get 30% off when you buy online and choose ‘free store pickup’. Visit – https://www.joann.com/roc-lon-100pct-cotton-unbleached-muslin-90inw–15-yd-bolt-natural/3558715.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&source=TIS-S&WT.srch=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0q7YzM686AIVCXiGCh1k-wQPEAQYBSABEgIdBvD_BwE