Making your own mask? These are the 5 most important things to consider

Two design professors share tips for making safe, comfortable masks at home.

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By Susan L. Sokolowski and Karen L. LaBat

The recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation to use cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19 has generated numerous how-to articles and videos. As academics who focus on personal protective equipment (PPE) research and development, we are concerned about the lack of information on two critical features of home mask design: fit and fabric selection.