Four easy DIY face masks you can make in minutes

Four easy DIY face masks you can make in minutes

You can't leave the house without a face mask! Here's how you can make your own within minutes. 

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South Africans are slowly adjusting to life under lockdown and with experts warning that it could take 12 to 18 months for a fully tested coronavirus vaccine to arrive, this could be our "new normal" for a while. 

Face masks have also become a big part of our day-to-day lives.  

As of May 1, all citizens are required to wear a cloth face mask whenever they leave their homes - as per President Cyril Ramaphosa's orders. 

Health officials have issued some guidelines on fabric masks, including how many layers are ideal. 

Wearing a mask doesn't mean you can ignore social distancing rules or slack on washing your hands - which experts say is one of the most effective ways to decrease the spread of the deadly virus. 

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While cloth masks are not as effective as medical-grade masks like the N-95 respirators, government says they can help curb the spread of Covid-19.

N95 masks, which are currently in short supply, are being reserved for healthcare staff and even if you do get your hands on one, you are likely to pay R150 plus.

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That can add up to a lot of money if you have a big family. A homemade face mask can make for a budget-friendly and quick solution for those who are unable to get their hands on medical masks. 

Here are a few quick and easy ideas you can try. 

Use old clothes

Put those Father's Day socks to good use

Use a plate

Quick bandana/scarf mask 

Bonus: If you have a sewing machine this mask is a must try. You don't need to be an expert seamstress to make it!

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