Frequently Asked Questions
What countries encourage public face mask use in general?
Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Thailand, China, Singapore, Slovakia, Hong Kong, Taiwan …
Do homemade face masks work as well as surgical masks or N95s?
So shouldn't I wear hospital-grade masks instead?
No! Not while there’s a shortage. If hospitals don’t have enough, our nurses and doctors will get sick. A shortage of health care professionals right now would make things much much worse. (you get sicker and lose more money)
So why wear them at all?
To dramatically slow the spread of viruses like the flu and COVID19. It’s about shifting our perspective from personal protection to community protection.
But what if people touch their faces while adjusting?
It’s okay if you accidentally touch your cheek a few times. The point is to keep peoples’ spit out of the air. Also, universal masks remind everyone to take this seriously, stay home, and not eat with their fingers.
But my community has fever checkpoints.
A third of infections might be asymptomatic. Even if you feel healthy, you need to assume you’re contagious and stop breathing directly into air in public spaces without some sort of mask.
Could making masks be a fun thing to do while stuck at home?
Yes — great question!
Ok, masks sound great. So I can go out in public now?
No! The virus can stay airborne for several hours. Wearing a basic face mask provides really minimal protection to the wearer. It’s main role is to protect other people *from* the wearer. Simply speaking is enough to spew 600 virus-filled droplets into the air around you every minute. Face masks are for keeping it out of the air in the first place. Once the virus is airborne, you can easily breath it in through a basic face mask. This is why it’s imperative to preserve respirators (N95) for health care and other critical workers.
Who should I urge to promote public mask usage?
Friends, family, people you talked to in middle school once, coworkers, elected officials
Where can I learn more about making and sharing masks?
But I haven't finished Tiger King.
Against all odds, Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin have united in urging you to make and wear face masks. #wereAllInThisTogether