Since the beginning of April 2020, Shimai artist Teresa Hays has made almost 375 masks. She has given these masks to her extended family, friends, friends of friends, families of friends, neighbors, and has donated them to front line providers, essential personnel, nursing home staff, and non-profits servicing the homeless and differently abled adults. While giving and donating masks, her efforts morphed into fundraising efforts, and donations were made to the American Craft Council, CERF, local frontline providers, and causes chosen by recipients. Teresa will continue to donate masks occasionally, but she is now able to offer them for sale to the general public.
CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
The cloth face coverings recommended by the CDC are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.