Although experts have said there is ‘little evidence’ masks will help prevent the wearer from picking up the virus, they have said covering the mouth and nose can prevent those who are ill from spreading further germs.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said studies have shown many people carrying coronavirus lack symptoms and can unknowingly transmit the virus to others.
It can be spread by speaking, coughing or sneezing in close proximity to others, so the CDC has advised wearing cloth face coverings in public, as well as social distancing.
The organisation recommends coverings to slow the spread, taking measures against people who ‘may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others’.
It did reiterate that face coverings are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators – which ‘should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders’.
The CDC revealed simple cloth face coverings can be fashioned from household items or made using common materials.
Dr Jerome Adams, a US Surgeon General, posted a short video to demonstrate how to make your own face covering in ‘a few easy steps’.
Using an old scarf, a bandanna, hand towel and a T-shirt as examples, he instructs on folding each item from the top to the middle, and bottom to the middle, before repeating both steps to create a small, rectangular strip of cloth.
You then attach a rubber band on either side, before folding both sides in at the edges towards the middle.
It can then be worn on your face by pressing the cloth over your mouth and nose and attaching the rubber bands behind each ear.