BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The Ministry of Science and Technology has issued a manual of instructions on how to make homemade masks in a bid to counter shortages or for those who lack access.
“This is primarily meant for the people who want to wear masks but do not have access to them. They can make these washable and reusable masks at home,” said Dr Shailja Vaidya Gupta, senior adviser at the office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India in a news release.
Although the government has not issued a directive making it compulsory to wear masks, an increasing number of shops catering towards essential needs are demanding that customers wear a mask while on the premises.
Sewing masks with a machine or by hand: The manual has been put together keeping in mind easy access to materials with instructions that are simple to follow. It has instructions for making masks with either a sewing machine or by hand, and instructions on how to wear and take care of them.
Masks divide opinion: Opinion has been split on whether wearing a mask is an effective solution to curbing the spread of coronavirus. While it’s been common practice in parts of Asia, in other regions of the world, public health authorities and politicians have urged people to focus on washing their hands and maintaining social distancing.