We all continue to learn more about COVID-19 and how we can minimize the spread of this virus. Current CDC guidelines, along with many state and local governments and health authorities, recommend people wear fabric masks in public settings regardless of whether they are experiencing symptoms.
Many people are seeking information on “homemade” or fabric masks for their own and others’ use. We also recognize there is a lot of confusion, and in some cases misinformation, related to appropriate masks, fabrics, and homemade masks, so have compiled the information below to assist you:
- CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Certain Sunbrella upholstery fabrics - Canvas, Spectrum, and Cast - may be appropriate for use in homemade or fabric masks due to their weight and weave. Masks made with Sunbrella fabrics will be bleach-cleanable.
- It is important to note that CDC guidelines continue to reinforce the importance of reserving medical-grade masks (N95, surgical, etc.) for the healthcare community.
Further information regarding masks, including instructions on how to make your own, can be found on the CDC website.
If you desire to make homemade masks to support the PPE needs of our medical community, it is important that you connect with your intended healthcare facility in advance to understand their needs and expectations, as each provider may differ in their requirements. In addition, our sister division Trivantage offers more specific information and materials for fabricators and companies with cut & sew capabilities seeking to make PPE for the healthcare community.