Loyola students, staff and alumni have joined others across the country in making their own masks from bandanas, scarves and cloth scraps to follow the recent recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC has been following studies of the coronavirus and now recommends wearing cloth face coverings while in public.
Even people without symptoms can contribute to the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the CDC. While officials still recommend social distancing and staying six feet apart from others to mitigate the spread, cloth masks are considered a “voluntary public health measure.”
The CDC emphasized official medical supplies such as surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for medical professionals, and civilians should make their own masks following video instructions on the CDC website.
The Phoenix asked readers to send photos of their homemade masks and they delivered. Look through the slideshow at the top of this page to see creations by Loyola students, staff and alumni.