Aussie doctor shows how to make a simple DIY face mask at home

Sarah Carty
Features & Style Editor

An Australian doctor has shared a video showing how to make a simple DIY face mask from your own home during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Commonwealth Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said last week that while face masks are essential  personal protective equipment for healthcare workers he said they’re "not recommended for the Australian public".

Dr. Zac Turner has created a video showing people how to create a DIY face mask at home. Photo: Supplied

According to NSW Health “people who have symptoms and might be infected with COVID-19 are required to stay in isolation at home and should wear a surgical face mask when in the same room as another person and when seeking medical advice to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to anyone else.”

However, Dr. Zac Turner believes that Australia should be following the lead of countries with the flattest curves around the world, where people wear face masks whenever they’re outside. 

He acknowledged that there is currently a face mask shortage and people shouldn’t be rushing out to buy them, so instead, he recommends making one yourself at home, using items you have around your house. 

Dr Zac created a video where he told people that if they had any symptoms relating to COVIDI-19 at all they should stay at home and not leave the house but if you don’t have symptoms like a sore throat, cough or fever, you are allowed to leave the house for essential items. 

He goes on to explain exactly how to make the mask using fabric such as hankies, the back of a recyclable bag, or even an old T-shirt.

He simply used a hankie and two rubber bands. Photo: Supplied
He believes we should be wearing face masks when we go to the supermarket. Photo: Supplied

Dr. Zac said that if you’re vulnerable or at risk, he believes wearing a face mask may be especially important. 

“Regardless, the main answer to this question is to continue practising strict social distancing, whether you’re at-risk or not,” he said. 

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