Editor's Note: This mask is not a N95 mask. It is meant to be used for general protection from coughing and sneezing when out in public. This is not protection in place of social distancing. At this time, it is best to stay home when possible. For necessary trips out, like trips to the grocery store, the CDC recommends wearing a mask to provide whatever protection you can for yourself and others.
With the spread of COVID 19 it’s becoming harder and harder to find a mask to protect yourself and others. While a surgical mask is able to protect you from splashes and sprays, and can prevent a sick person from spreading their illness, it simply doesn’t cut it when it comes to protecting yourself from others. Unfortunately, these types of masks, the most popular one being the N95 mask, are hard to come by nowadays. I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a DIY no gap mask in the N95 style from basic materials you can find in your home.
This is not an actual N95 mask, but rather something very similar in style and more protective than a regular surgical mask. My version does not filter out 95% of particles, which is where the “95” in N95 comes from. However, I do believe that this is better than nothing, especially when true N95 masks need to go to the doctors and nurses who are working on the frontlines of this war.