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Take the Biden 100 Day Mask Challenge

Biden has challenged US to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency. If you have been wanting a national pandemic plan, it would seem as if one is well on its way, beginning with this challenge. Before he even took office Biden was challenging Americans to take the 100 day Mask Challenge. How has your state dealt with the pandemic? How do you think a national plan may or may not help? Have you knitted or crocheted your own mask? Do you still wear woven masks?

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Staying Connected Virtually and Zoom Etiquette

The COVID 19 Pandemic has pivoted all the rules. As people look for ways to forge ahead and to stay connected virtually, Zoom and other online meeting platforms have become increasing popular. Consequently, more people have been meeting online. However, house dresses are becoming increasingly popular. As we began to think about holding our knitting and crochet group meetings online this trend gave us pause. Many people have gotten into staging their homes. So, for the professional meetings that we have been apart of the house dress is not that popular. One must remember what the meeting is for, that they are in a public space, and that one must still dress for the occasion. When bringing someone into your home in a virtual, public and often recorded manner, one should think carefully and remember just because one is at home does not change the nature of the meeting. A professional meeting is just that: professional. Virtual space is public space. So, we decided to share a couple of tips that will help us all pivot appropriately into our new virtual spaces. As some have appropriately noted, somethings will become the new normal. This just might be one of them. Take our survey for holding a Virtual Group Meeting for the Noble Knits and Crochets Group. Become a member of Noble Knits & Crochets *dues is monthly.

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Types of Face Masks and Effectiveness – USA Today

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Knitted Masks: For this one, researchers used a mask with a looser weave.

“Think of the fabric as being something more similar to a sock than similar to a bed sheet, which is more like what you have for the standard cotton,” Warren said.

Larger and open pores in the masks may allow more particles to get in. Washing and drying the mask may further decrease its deficiency.

Souce: USA Today

There are a few things, we discovered, that can make your knitted masks more effective.

  • Use 100% cotton, preferably a stiffer cotton like Pima Cotton
  • Use a smaller needle or hook than required to create a fabric with smaller pores
  • Sew a side loading filter pocket on the back of the mask to decrease pore size and increase cleanliness by replacing used filters.
  • Some recommend coffee filters. Of course you can use what you prefer.
Types of Masks and Effectiveness
Source: USA Today
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Shop our mask patterns, which include side loading filter pockets or Shop our pre-made and ready to go masks with side loading filter pockets. If you would like to make your own, attend one of our knit alongs or classes for help. When you purchase a pattern with Shidonna Raven Pattern and Publications, you also receive free pattern support. We pray that you and yours stay healthy and keep preventing the spread of COVID 19. Share your comments (about your projects or our products) with the community by posting them below. E mail us a photo of your project or our project and we may post it in our articles (here). Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today.

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Making Masks and CDC on Masks

Robert R. Redfield, MD | #COVIDStopsWithMe

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Source: CDC -Robert R. Redfield, MD | #COVIDStopsWithMe
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Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

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Making and Safely Wearing Face Masks

How to safely wear a face mask - Brett Sutton

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Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, State, Australia
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Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

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Why we should all start making our own face masks during coronavirus—and an expert-approved guide on how

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Published Thu, Apr 2 202012:12 PM EDTUpdated Fri, Apr 3 202012:35 PM EDT Nir Eyal, Contributor@NIREYAL

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization made it clear that, unless you’re sick or are a medical professional, you do not need to wear a face mask.

On February 29th, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

Adams’ message comes with good intentions. With COVID-19 cases soaring, doctors, nurses and other frontline health-care workers confront a severe shortage of masks — and cautioning people against buying them can help offset the problem. 

But other countries have already taken aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by telling citizens to wear masks, even if the masks are homemade.

Last week, George Gao, director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told ScienceMag.com that the “big mistake in the U.S.” is that people aren’t wearing masks. “This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role,” he said. You’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth.”

Gao has done significant research on viruses that have fragile lipid membranes called envelopes — a group that includes SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) — and how they enter cells and move between species.

“Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections,” he continued. “If they’re wearing face masks, it can [help] prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.”

‘People should be contemplating wearing masks’

In recent days, it appears that U.S. authorities are realizing they should have encouraged mask-wearing during the early stages of the outbreak.

Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, said on Sunday in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that “people should be contemplating wearing masks. We should be putting out guidelines from the CDC on how you can develop a [cotton] mask on your own.”

And on Wednesday, Adams told NBC’s “TODAY” show that he has asked the CDC to investigate whether his earlier recommendation should change. (Current CDC guidance is that healthy people don’t need masks or face coverings.)

While homemade masks aren’t as effective as medical-grade masks (like N95 respirators, which filter out at least 95% of airborne particles), researchers studying respiratory illnesses — including SARS, which is another form of coronavirus — have found that a simple mask can help lower the risk of infection.

It’s important to note that wearing a homemade mask alone will not guarantee protection against COVID-19. But its effectiveness is better when combined with basic safety precautions, such as regular hand-washing and social distancing. 

Shop our Masks Patterns & Handmade Masks today. Or get help making your mask in one of our upcoming knit or crochet alongs. Once you have completed or received your mask email us a picture and we will share it with the community. You may also post comments about making your own masks here. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. You are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

Source: CNBC