Local Designer Shares Tutorial for DIY Face Masks to Fight COVID-19

Fashion designer Santi Obcena reminds us we all have a part in this fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), even if it’s simply learning how to protect ourselves.

With the shortage of face masks happening around the world, Santi took matters into his own hands and developed a replicable face mask design that we can all use. While the prototype is not clinically tested, it does its best to mimic the effectivity of a surgical face mask.

“What’s important is that the mask provides more protection than your ordinary fabric face mask which is more apt for dust particles,” Santi explains. “Any kind of face mask will help to avoid touching your face. Combined with safety eyewear and constant washing of the hands with soap, we do hope our design can help lessen the spread of the virus in our country.”

You can access the base pattern for the mask (digitized by Andrea Torres) here and watch the entire tutorial for it below:

(Here’s how you can help donate N95 masks to our frontliners)

Santi caveats on his Facebook post that these DIY masks do not afford full protection and should only be used if you have no access to proper mask-wear. He also reminds everyone to properly launder their masks after use and to refrain from sharing masks with others.

He asks that people utilize the materials he suggests so the effectivity of the design is retained.

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