Masks With Style

GJHS sophomore, Autumn Wilson, shares a tutorial on how to make a face mask.

Autumn Wilson

COVID-19 has brought on a new lifestyle for many people around the world. Many have felt as if they have more time on their hands and with the stay at home order it can be challenging to think of safe things to do. You might find yourself bored after you’ve watched and re-watched every season on Netflix, or cooked the same couple of meals for the last month. Do not fear, students have submitted tutorials to share with you what they are doing at home.

Autumn Wilson shared a  face mask tutorial with O and B. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation that people start wearing face masks to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The organization still emphasizes the six feet away standard, however, for added precaution in places where it may be hard to maintain that distance such as grocery stores, they recommend a face covering. An at home created face mask is a great addition to your voluntary public health efforts. The disease can also be spread by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms and a face mask can reduce the spread of droplets while out on essential errands. CDC does emphasize that the face masks they are recommending are not of the N-95 variety nor are they surgical masks. According to CDC, those masks should be reserved for health care workers and medical first responders.

“Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used,” said CDC.

Wilson’s tutorial is a quick at home method for creating your own mask. “Face masks are important to make right now because most businesses are requiring them,” Wilson said.

Sewing has been a big part of Wilson’s life as she’s grown up.

“I love sewing because my grandmothers both always made me stuff growing up and my mom too! We’ve always just really enjoyed being creative together,” she said.

According to Wilson, having a knack for sewing turned out to be a great skill during COVID-19. She and her mom have made a little business out of their mask endeavor.