With everyone scrambling to find face masks to wear, DIY tutorials are thriving on YouTube and TikTok.
Many of these videos do more than just teach you how to craft a mask out of stuff you have at home. TikTok creator and model Marc Sebastian primarily uses his Instagram platform for activism, but when he saw young people refusing to social distance, he brought his message to TikTok. In a video that now has more than 450,000 views, he sewed 25 fabric face masks to donate to a local hospital while commenting on the American government’s fumbled pandemic response to the new coronavirus.
First, he ironed out unused cotton fabric and cut it to size. Then, he narrated, he went to bed to “dream about universal healthcare and a world in which people actually practice social distancing.” The next day, he sewed elastic bands to the fabric while reminding viewers about the absurdity of the medical shortage the country faces.
“And if the fact that you’re watching a TikTok about resources being so depleted that hospitals are turning to civilians making fabric face masks doesn’t make you realize the severity of the situation, that we’re in,” he narrated before turning directly to the camera. “It should.”
Searching “DIY face mask” on YouTube yields hundreds of results; one tutorial from mommy blogger Erica Arndt has nearly 3.6 million views since it was uploaded March 21. The types of masks vary. Some include pockets so users can change out filters. Some are more rigid, and include nose wires to better shape the mask to the user’s face. Crafting channel The Q’s tutorial makes a more complex respirator-style mask out of plastic soda bottles.
Other creators are also tailoring mask tutorials to better fit the theme of their channels, like PierreG ASMR, whose video features intimate, frisson-inducing sounds of a scissor gliding through paper towels. Historical reenactment enthusiast and seamstress Bernadette Banner used a Victorian sewing machine to put together masks for a veterinary clinic.
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise — more than 1 million people people worldwide have been diagnosed with it as of Thursday — there’s still no consensus on whether people should wear face masks when they’re out in public.
The Centers for Disease Control recommended on Friday that everyone in the U.S. should wear a mask whenever they go outside. (It’s important to note that people are still being urged to stay home, practice social distancing, and wash their hands frequently.) In his daily White House briefing, meanwhile, Trump suggested that Americans could cover their faces if they wished, but he would not be doing it himself……..Read More>>