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People making homemade masks amid coronavirus outbreak

Many people in Chico stopped by local fabric stores Saturday to stock up on supplies for homemade face masks.

Posted: Apr 4, 2020 5:51 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2020 10:29 PM

CHICO, Calif.- Local and state health officials and the CDC are recommending that people cover their faces when they go out. 

Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with people in Chico who are stepping up to make masks for those who need them.

Saturday, many people stopped by local fabric stores to stock up on supplies.

There was a long line outside of Joann Fabric & Crafts before the store opened. 

Carrie Dumont, from Chico says, "I'm getting stuff to make masks for some girlfriends who work in the Bay Area."

Jennifer Waite said, "I'm making masks for my friends who live in Connecticut. 

Patricia Wang, from Chico has made more than 200 masks in the last two weeks.

"I did a whole bunch of research on what is needed to make a good mask, I found that fit, filtration and comfort are three of the biggest things," Wang said.

Health officials say surgical and N95 masks are in short supply and should be reserved for those who work in the medical field. 

So what is the difference between an N95 mask and a homemade mask?

An N95 mask seals around the nose and mouth, filtering 95% of disease causing particles, while homemade masks, can help stop you from spreading a disease to others.

Wearing a mask is not a requirement, but a recommendation. 

People should still continue to follow social distance guidelines and stay home.

For information regarding homemade face masks, or if you are able to donate elastic material, contact Patricia Wang at pkaygrier@yahoo.com 

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