DIY Covid-19 masks for cycling
Riding with your family you are quarantined with, or alone, is a great way to keep the mind and body healthy in a time of Stay-At-Home orders and quarantines.
Former Bike Fed staff, Shea Schachameyer, has created this great guide on DIY masks to use when you have to travel outside your home either to essential workplaces or for healthy recreation with those you are quarantined with. If you do go out please follow all CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing. What immediately came to my mind when reading about how masks are becoming an increasingly needed health accessory was how would breathing while being active be affected. When you’re riding, as many of you who ride in the winter know, goggles and glasses can fog up. The cold wind can be harsh on any exposed parts of your face and covering up your nose and mouth can impede good breathing and oxygen intake. Hopefully this information is helpful. Send us a pic of you sporting one you made while out on a ride. We all have some 100% cotton race or event shirts that would be great to re-use for this project.
Follow the link to view the google slide show with instructions on how to make a masks with filters, and even no-sew version.
This article analyses what materials, easily found in most homes, are best for breathability and effectiveness at reducing virus exposure.
4/2/2020: There is new information that may suggest the coronavirus spreads by just talking or even breathing. Studies have also shown that asymptomatic people can spread the virus. Bike Fed are not scientists, but perhaps at this time wearing a mask, even if it limits the possible exposure a small amount may be helpful in flattening the curve and helping our fellow neighbors stay safe.