It was February in Incheon Korea; a man was beginning to suspect that he had maybe caught the Corona virus. But before even worrying about his own health he was first to worry about his 83-year-old mother. So even in the house, he started to take precautionary measures by disinfecting the dishes, wearing a mask and a putting on gloves.
This is a story that happened on a subway in Seoul during the height of COVID-19 crisis in March. Most of the time Seoul’s subway announcement only tells you the name of the stop and whether the door to get off is on the right or left. However, since some time ago, I started hearing distinctive announcement on the subway.
This story happened in March in Korea, when people were having hard time getting masks due to COVID-19. One day, a young man, likely in his 20s, put a yellow bag in front of the police station in Busan and ran away. There were 11 masks, some candy, and a letter inside of the bag. Through the letter, he introduced himself that he is a person with a mild intellectual disability who works near by and wanted to share masks that he got it from his company.
Due to the trouble caused by COVID-19 I started to take a personal interest in masks and filters. So, I started researching them with the intentions of finding out the most accurate and useful information. And while I was researching, I thought it would be a good idea to share the various information I’ve found. I have to say though, I am no medical expert. All the information I am sharing is all based on what I’ve personally found, seen and heard in Korea. In this post, I wanted to share information about mask filters and realistic alternatives to them as it has become increasingly difficult to find them.
3 Things to Remember When Buying a Mask
A few months ago, when there was the shortage of medical masks, I decided I wanted to create a DIY mask to work as a replacement for the medical masks in the market. But in order to do that, I had to understand the structure of masks, so it required a lot of researching. As someone who had minimum knowledge on viruses and bacteria it was a very difficult process for me. And there were a lot of scientific readings I did, but to keep things brief, based on what I found, medical masks (or for fine dust) consists of three layers: the exterior, filter and the lining in the interior that touches the mouth.
Recently, as the demand for masks increased due to COVID-19, the interest for DIY masks has also been growing. With the shortening supply of medical masks, DIY masks, or homemade masks are becoming a popular alternative that are being used by people. People make the mask with a variety of materials, and the most common of which is probably using cloth to make reusable masks.
There are many ways to make DIY masks, and ithinksew has 4 DIY masks patterns: Disposable Mask, Jean Mask with Filter Pocket, Center Darted Mask with Filter Pocket (2 Layers/ 3 Layers), and Facial Mask with Filter Pocket. First of all, Disposable Mask is a pattern like its namesake almost looks like the deposable masks sold on the market, which can be made quickly and easily. This pattern is designed for use in an emergency and at the absence of a disposable mask.