The CDC has just ordered wearing a mask in public to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. They even have some handy patterns! According to the CDC, masks are important if you find yourself somewhere you can’t stay six feet away from another person.

Many are deciding to make their own masks for protection and if you’re thinking about doing the same there are some things that you need to know. If you can’t get one of the N95 masks, know that quilting fabric or cotton sheet fabric is best. Just try to stay clear of fabric that restricts your breathing. If you CAN get an N95 mask, politely call your local doctor’s office or hospital and give it to them!

The mask should have more than one layer of fabric and should fit snug over your nose and mouth while being secured by ties or loops.