Are homemade cloth masks effective?

Are homemade cloth masks effective?

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A student from the University of Ferrara, Italy, March 13.

These masks do not protect against the virus. They can possibly limit splashes, but also be a source of contamination.

Question asked on 03/19/2020


You are asking us about the effectiveness of handcrafted fabric masks. Several tutorials are indeed disseminated on social networks in order to encourage everyone to make, so do it yourself, his own mask, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. In this case, the blogger, stylist and influencer Lisa Gachet, who is behind one of these online tutorials, makes it clear in her video that this is not “No medical device”.

These different initiatives are all based on a document published by the Grenoble University Hospital on March 13. He is a boss for caregivers “Not taking Covid-19 patients”. After checking with the hospital, it appears that this guide is not a forgery and that it was actually distributed internally in the establishment.