To stay safe in the fight against COVID-19, wear a mask, India!

Until a couple of weeks ago, Indian and international health advisories recommended that the use of facemasks be limited to people with symptoms of COVID-19 and healthcare workers. Now that position has changed. In its latest notice, the Ministry of Health said that certain countries have claimed the benefits of homemade facial coverage for the general public. Counseling people to put on facial covers, particularly when going out, the notice said it will help protect the community at large.

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Considering the shortage of masks and other equipment for healthcare workers, the US CDC also noted that the recommended fabric covers are not N95 surgical masks or respirators. Those are critical supplies that should continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.

If you don't have masks, don't worry. You can easily make these face covers at home using any good quality cotton fabric with a tight weave. The Ministry of Health reported that two sets of such face covers must be made so that one can be washed while using the other. Masks do not need to be thrown away after each use, but can be properly washed with soap and hot water and dried properly before use.

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Donts of removing a mask

Celebrities lead #MaskIndia initiative

Nimrat Kaur

 Nimrat Kaur
There is a shortage of N95 and surgical masks worldwide, and our doctors need them more than we do. You can make a mask with scarves at home. Act responsibly every time you go out.

Taapsee Pannu

You must wear a mask for your own safety. You cannot be sure that a person, who has sneezed a few meters away, is not a carrier of the virus. The damage takes no more than a few seconds. Be careful, be sure, and wear a mask.

Mithali raj

 Mithali raj

When you go out, always wear a mask. Leave N95 masks for healthcare professionals. They can protect themselves with masks made of dupattas or scarves.

Jacqueline Fernandez

We must wear a mask! It acts as a preventive measure to stop the spread of the virus. Do not panic. Be patient and show compassion, we are all in this together. Stay safe, stay home everyone!

Karanvir Bohra

 Karanvir Bohra

It is a great TOI campaign. Given the scarcity of masks, making and using your own face covers or wrapping a scarf is an easy and safe option and can be reused.

Vijay Deverakonda

Even when you have to go grocery shopping, wear a scarf or kerchief to cover your face. Make your own masks, leave the N95 and surgical masks for healthcare professionals. These little gestures can make a big difference.

DIY masks are great, says fashion fraternity

Ritu Beri

 Ritu Beri

We don't need N95 masks, I created a mask in my studio with a simple two-layer fabric - that's all we need to protect ourselves

Rina Dhaka

 Rina Dhaka

I made this mask with an old pillowcase. By wearing masks we can save our lives and also the lives of our loved ones.

Shantanu Mehra

 Shantanu Mehra

By wearing a mask we protect others from respiratory drops. I recommend wearing a homemade mask, wrapped around the nose and mouth.

Rahul Mishra

 Rahul Mishra

Even after closing, we must maintain social distance and wear masks that can be easily made at home.

Namrata Joshipura

 Namrata Joshipura

The two most important things to do are wash your hands and wear masks. It is our responsibility to be safe and to keep others safe as well

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