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Tech & Science How to sew a mouthguard yourself - including step-by-step instructions

18:55  08 april  2020
18:55  08 april  2020 Source:   welt.de

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During the Corona Pandemic 2020 we see it more and more: People with mouthguards - whether in the supermarket or when walking in the park. And rightly so! We show you with specific instructions how you can easily sew a mouthguard yourself to avoid infection with corona - and what you should pay attention to so that the masks also bring something.

Does a mouthguard offer any protection against corona?

The most important question first: Does a respiratory mask, especially a self-sewn one, protect you from being infected with Covid-19, which determines our spring 2020? Here you have to differentiate first. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a mouthguard must meet the FFP2 or even FFP3 standard to protect the wearer himself from the infection. Of course, self-sewn protection doesn't have that. Nevertheless, such respirators are useful!

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Because the mask catches droplets when speaking, coughing or sneezing, we protect others - that's why the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends wearing such a simple mask and virologist Christian Drosten also posted one on Twitter in March 2020 Sew the instructions for the mouthguard yourself. But mouth protection or not, nevertheless applies: Regular hand washing, coughing or sneezing in the crook of your arm and a 1.5 meter safety distance or avoiding contact with other people as far as possible. And when wearing the face mask, make sure that the nose and mouth are covered, if possible only touch the mask by the ear loops, so do not touch your mouth and nose while wearing them and wash them regularly.

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What do I need to sew a face mask myself?

It is important that the fabric of the mask can be washed so that it always remains protected. So it's best to choose a tightly woven cotton fabric for your face mask that can be washed at 60 degrees. You also need for the mask: two approximately 15 cm long bands made of fabric or rubber bands. And of course you should be able to sew something. Sewing the

mouthguard yourself: Step by step DIY instructions

1. To create a simple pattern, take a sheet of A4 paper and fold in all corners about six centimeters inwards. 2. Place this mask for a face mask on a piece of cloth, which can also be a sorted out T-shirt, and cut it out. 3. Then fold the long sides about an inch inwards and sew them straight on by hand or machine. 4. Then fold the long sides so far that they almost touch and then fold the short sides about two centimeters. 5. Sew the short sides of the hem tightly so that there are two loops. You then thread the ribbons through them and knot them tightly until they cover your mouth and nose comfortably but tightly. 6. Tadaa, your mouth and nose are ready! Sew

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mouthguard yourself: good video tutorials with sewing instructions

For all of you who want to protect yourself from the Corona virus, but prefer to follow a visual guide and have a few more sewing skills, there are on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Co Some helpful video tutorials that show how you can sew the masks yourself to protect your mouth and nose. For example this video - with cute cupcake fabric and including wire. Because this helps that respiratory masks sit even more securely:

mouthguard without sewing: This trick works

Don't worry, for those who can't or don't want to sew: A simple trick helps you, according to the instructions for your masks, you don't sew and only needs a Carré or Bandana (washable and made of cotton) and two hair ties. The Instagram video below shows exactly how it works. Simply follow the simple instructions for the DIY mask and then put on the masks!

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