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Since we make these masks in Victoria, we follow the latest information from the Victorian Government and ensure all of our masks adhere to DHHS advice of layering three layers of breathable fabrics of varying weights. As of midnight Wednesday 22nd of July, face masks are mandatory in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. 

A mask is just one tool in fighting the spread of the Covid-19. Staying inside, physically distancing and implementing good hand hygiene are the best options, but wearing a mask can also help to slow the spread of the virus in our communities. 

The DHHS have released extensive information about the wearing of face masks.

Please note, we do not make P2 or Surgical Masks. However, even cloth face masks help contain droplets when people cough or sneeze, which reduces the likelihood of spreading the virus. Wearing a mask also discourages you from touching your face. According to Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton,"Cloth masks are inexpensive, easy to make and simple to use,". 

So here's how to make your own DIY face masks at home:

Face Mask Washing Instructions:

Fabric face masks should be removed as soon as they become damp and not used again until they have been washed. Make sure you have a second mask that you can switch to between washes. 

1. Remove and throw away any disposable filters from your face mask. 

2. Clean with laundry detergent in a normal wash cycle in a washing machine, or wash and soak thoroughly in a similar disinfectant solution by hand (using a bowl or jar). For prints, cold water is best for initial washes to seal in the fabric dye and preserve colours. 

3. Finally, air-dry your mask (ideally in the sun), and make sure it’s completely dry before using again.

Additional related articles:

Latest figures from the DHHS.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Face Masks.

Global deaths due to causes - dynamic comparative data chart.

The Guardian - Australia coronavirus updates

ABC - coronavirus updates

 

Stay safe people! And in the imperishable words of Stephen Fry, 'be excellent to each other.'