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Making a water-resistant layer for your fabric face mask

Posted by Jo McMahon on

Many fabric face masks have two layers of woven fabric, and a pocket.  The pocket allows you to put in another layer (or more), to suit your needs. DHHS and WHO guidelines recommend using a water-resistant layer on the outer or middle layer.  Here's a quick guide to creating a DIY water-resistant inner layer.  Your pocket may allow for more than one layer, in which case an absorbent layer (tissue, paper towel etc.) can also be added. If you wear glasses, an absorbent layer will help reduce fogging. The absorbent layer should be closest to your face and the water-resistant layer...

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Making fit adjustments to your fabric face mask

Posted by Jo McMahon on

The rules requiring face masks to be worn in Victoria (and other parts of the world) have been rapidly introduced, in response to Covid-19 community transmission.  As we begin wearing masks out in public, we soon discover that mask styles and construction can vary.  It is important to adjust your mask to fit you as snugly and securely as possible, as this reduces the likelihood of you touching your face and mask, and makes it comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. A few factors can affect the fit of your mask - the style (pattern) of the mask, the type of fastenings,...

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