The skyrocket in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed an unsettling fact: There is simply not enough supplies to provide for all our medical professionals. Luckily, there is a way to fight that shortage, and it directly involves all of us at home.
Aside from N95 masks, PPE suits, and goggles, our frontliners are also in need of face shields. These are the clear, visor-like masks that protect them from droplets when intubating those who are under investigation for the virus. Unlike N95 masks, however, you can actually DIY face shields and donate them to the hospitals in your area!
What you'll need:
- Clear plastic sheet/Acetate
- Double-sided tape
How to make a DIY face shield at home:
1. Measure and cut the foam (length: 12 in, width: 1.5 in, thickness: 1 in).
2. Attach the foam to the longer side of the plastic sheet with double-sided tape.
3. Press down on the foam to ensure firm adhesion.
4. Punch two holes on each side of the plastic sheet, slightly below the foam.
5. Insert the garter in the holes and double knot them inside the shield.
6. Cut the edges of the plastic sheet into a rounded shape.
7. Make sure that the garter and foam are aligned.
8. Keep the shield flat so the user can freely adjust it for a snug fit.
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