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Makeshift Masks

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

DISCLAIMER: This blog post is in no way a substitute for medical advice.

Being in quarantine doesn't mean you have to take a break form studying English, so let's take a look at word that is relevant: makeshift.

Makeshift, as an adjective, means something that is improvised as a temporary substitute, in Portuguese it would translate as improvisado or temporário. What does this word have to do with what we are living? Well, as the title of this blog post suggests, it has to do with masks.

While we should all be staying at home as much as possible right now sometimes going out can't be avoided. In situations where we must leave our house it is advisable that we wear a mask. Masks are not to protect the wearer but rather to prevent their wearer from spreading the virus if they have it. This is especially important because many people who contract COVID-19 are asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any symptoms.

So we need to wear masks to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus but we are also being told that professional masks need to be reserved for professionals, enter the makeshift mask! We shouldn't use professional masks but that doesn't mean we can't make our own makeshift masks from common household items.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has some great suggestions for how to make your own homemade, makeshift mask. They suggest that all masks:

1. fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face

2. be secured with ties or ear loops

3. include multiple layers of fabric

4. allow for breathing without restriction

5. be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

With these suggestions in mind I attempted to make some of my own makeshift masks with whatever I could find:

What do you think about my masks? :D


wearer: a person who is wearing something

homemade: caseiro

snugly: tightly

to launder: wash

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