We've all had to hold back the vomit due to the constant changing spin from the WHO, the CDC and the Media Monsters regarding Mask wearing. So this is the latest from the WHO (world health org) regarding wearing a mask-June 8, 2020: "The WHO guidance says people can make their own three-layer masks by using an inner layer of an absorbent material, such as cotton or cotton blends; a middle layer made of a non-woven material polypropylene or cotton to enhance filtration of droplets; and an outer layer of a non-absorbent material such polypropylene, polyester, or their blends. Stretchy, porous materials should be avoided." Basically, people are being instructed to make a mask that is NOT breathable! If President Trump had make this recommendation then there would be a myriad of Liberal Memes showing Trump's face wrapped up, mummy style in plastic Wrap! You know this is true! Why doesn't the WHO simply tell people to put a plastic bag over one's nose and mouth, because this is what they are suggesting. Non-porous is NON-breathable!
WHAT WOULD THIS, HOMEMADE, 3-LAYER MASK LOOK LIKE?
Alright, let's put one together--virtually of course. I have a 100% cotton t-shirt that I will cut up. Now what? "non-woven material...like cotton." Hmm, ok, is there such a thing as "non-woven cotton"? I have some cotton batting I use for upholstery. Should I use some of that? Let's just take a quick moment to research some non-woven fabric cause, I don't want to screw this up. Hold on for a moment while I make a fish tank cleaner cocktail... Ok, here it is, "Nonwoven fabric is a fabric-like material made from staple fibre (short) and long fibres (continuous long), bonded together by chemical, mechanical, heat or solvent treatment. The term is used in the textile manufacturing industry to denote fabrics, such as felt, which are neither woven nor knitted." Cotton? The first option the WHO mentioned was, "Polypropylene." I am pretty sure I know what this product is as I reupholster a lot but just to make sure. Polypropylene Fabric is a modern textile used for upholstery, industrial, and manufacturing applications. It's soft, lightfast, and easy to clean because polypropylene has no active dye sites. It's also super strong and can be cleaned with bleach; even with dark colors." Anything else I need to know about this particular material? "Polypropylene fabric is a term used to describe any textile product that is derived from the thermoplastic polymer polypropylene. This type of plastic is part of the polyolefin group, and it is non-polar and partially crystalline." So it is basically PLASTIC FABRIC! Ok, got it. But safety first, right?
Is polypropylene safe to breathe?
"Inhalation: Inhalation of fine particles may cause respiratory irritation. Fumes produced while thermal processing may cause irritation, pulmonary edema and a possible asthma-like response." hmmmmm, that doesn't sound very healthy. Alright, continuing on...
Ok then, I have my t-shirt material and a scrap piece of plastic fabric and now what? I guess I can use my plastic fabric again, but the WHO says to NOT use anything porous or stretchy. That really rules out Saran wrap because that is super stretchy stuff. Pretty sure it is "non-porous" though. What else can I use? I got it, a Polypropylene bag! They are "strong puncture resistant bags used for transporting a wide variety of materials." HEY! I have some of those space bags thingy's; you know the kind you suck all the air out of with a vacuum cleaner...totally non-porous, except when they have a leak, which mine always seem to have. But I just need a mask size scrap of it. And there you have it! I have just made a mask exactly as the WHO instructed. It's a darn good thing that I know how to sew and have somewhat of an intelligent grasp on fabrics. But by golly, Google was awesome in informing me what types of products to use to adhere to the WHO instructions. I really hope you are following this as I am NOT adding ANY warning labels to this post.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE NO SEWING INTELLIGENCE OR FABRIC KNOWLEDGE?
I know it is hard to believe but there are actually people out there that don't have a lick of sense. You know, they are the ones the warning labels were created for, telling them NOT to use their blow-dryer in the shower, or that the waffle maker will get HOT when it is turned on...or my favorite: "This curling iron is not intended for internal use!" Yes, obviously those people exists in great quantities. There are also those people who don't know the difference between a frequently used UV light disinfectant and bleach. It's true, I see the Liberal memes all over the place. Some people don't even have a clue as to the name of the 100 yr. old Malaria drug as opposed to fish tank cleaner! Yep, those people exist! Don't y'all remember, not too long ago, that woman who served herself and her husband up a cocktail of fish tank cleaner to avoid getting THE COVID? That's who those warning labels are for! Because you just can't fix STUPID!
Which brings me back to these homemade masks. Seriously people, if the average Joe or Josephine made one of these masks as per the WHO's instructions, you'd have a lot of people dropping like flies from Hypoxia--lack of oxygen to the brain! But, here's the kicker. So once the bleach drinking, fish tank cleaner connoisseur has made their (perhaps) deadly, non-porous, non-breathable mask, the WHO goes on to state a funny little, JUST KIDDING comment. “The use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide an adequate level of protection or source control, and other personal and community level measures should also be adopted to suppress transmission of respiratory viruses.”
Caveat! The attorney in my head told me it would be a good idea to put out a warning label to this post...YA KNOW, FOR THOSE PEOPLE:
DON'T MAKE THIS MASK!
For all instructions for this mask you shouldn't make, please visit this site at WEBMD.