At long last, the CDC has issued a recommendation that folks wear masks when they must leave their homes. Please do not confuse mask wearing with invulnerability. The mask is to protect others from germs you may not know you're spreading as well as to do a "better than nothing" job of protecting you from germs others spray. Staying at home is still the best protection against infection.
We're solidly in the "something is better than nothing" camp, so use what you can. Painter's mask? Great. Bandana? Fantastic. Scarf wrapped around your nose and mouth? (Hot, but again better than nothing.)
Want to sew your own mask? There are lots of patterns out there. Here's one from the New York Times. And here's a super simple no-sew mask.
Be well. And mask up.
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