The CDC guidelines on how to protect ourselves from Coronavirus (Covid-19) seem to evolve every month. We are all learning how to stay healthy and help others to stay healthy. According to CDC's website, to protect ourselves and others we should understand how it spreads, wash our hands often, avoid close contact (social distance or stay at least 6 feet apart), cover coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect, monitor your health and wear fabric face masks . Aside from social distancing and wearing face masks, the other guidelines are something we should have been abiding to stay healthy regardless of the pandemic.
My 76 year-old mom, in order to stay busy during the pandemic, started sewing fabric facial masks. We got the pattern and fabric requirements from the CDC website.
Ever since face masks were required when entering stores, my husband and I when we walk to town, we put on our face masks when we encounter people on the street and when we go to the coffee/tea shop to pick-up our daily drink (to support our town's local small business owners). Most people wear face masks, too, when walking or riding their bikes.
Below are some of the fabric face masks sewn by my mom and sister-in-law. We've donated masks to the elderly in our community, medical staff, family and friends in New York, New Jersey and California.
Whenever I go outside, I wear my sunglasses, carry a face mask and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. I hand wash and hang dry the face masks every Sunday. These routine have become my new norm.
In one of the episodes of Makilala TV (Survivors and Front Liners: What its like being at the epicenter) , one of the co-hosts who live in Beijing gave a glimpse of what life is like post-Coronavirus.
When our towns re-open, do you think we will still wear face masks?
Stay safe and healthy everyone.
Hugs and prayers,