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The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

“So, they probably are about 10% to 15% efficient at best, and sometimes even lower than that. So that’s why what we were recommending with cloth masks, they’re definitely not appropriate for medical use.” — Dr. Rais Vohra, Fresno County interim health officer

Now, the Fresno County Health Department wants you to know how efficient — or inefficient —those masks are.

It Depends on the Mask Type

Dr. Rais Vohra, Fresno County’s interim health officer, gave his thoughts on mask protection during a teleconference with reporters on Friday.

“I think that the medical community has really moved towards a little bit different stance, in terms of what we think about masking,” said Vohra.

(GV Wire/Alexis DeSha)

Respirator Masks

“So the best kind of mask that someone can use is called a respirator, and the most common ones that are available in our clinical facilities are called the N95 respirators, and that basically means that it filters out 95% of those viral particles,” Vohra explained.

Surgical Masks

Vohra went on to explain, “Then we have surgical masks, surgical masks are not as efficient at filtering out viral particles, but they’re still quite good. they probably filter out somewhere between 40% and 50% of viral particles, if they’re used properly if they fit properly. It’s really best used if both the provider, and the patient are both wearing masks because then you can add 40 plus 40 for example, and get 80% protection. Again, not 100%, but that’s still pretty good.”

Cloth Masks

“Then we’re left with the last kind of mask which is kind of like the cloth mask. Now, that actually includes a very broad variety of different masks and … I’ve done a pretty deep dive into all of the different fabrics I’m sure you have as well. And it turns out, cloth masks really, no matter how you slice it, are not that efficient. So, they probably are about 10% to 15% efficient at best, and sometimes even lower than that. So that’s why we were recommending with cloth masks, they’re definitely not appropriate for medical use,” said Vohra.

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

The CDC says cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The CDC also has guidance when it comes to some of the most common questions surrounding the use of masks:

  • Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?
    Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
  • How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering?
    A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
  • How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering?
    Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.

Local Business Helps to Make Cloth Masks

Kiki’s Quilt Shack in Northwest Fresno posted on Facebook that they’re using their 18,000-square-foot facility to manufacture face masks for local hospitals spanning six local counties.

HandsOn Central California is delivering kits to volunteers 55 years old and older.

Kiki’s is giving out free mask-making kits as they have them available to volunteers who are interested in taking them home to make them. Each kit makes 12 masks. All mask kits were quickly picked up last week, Kiki’s is hoping to get more in the coming days.

All interested volunteers must register by emailing Central Valley Community Foundation at fresnomasks@gmail.com

Kiki’s also says all volunteers who would like to help make masks at Kiki’s Quilt Shack will be provided with a machine and a workspace that conforms to safe social distancing standards set by the state of California and the CDC.

If you have questions, call Kiki’s Quilt Shack, 559 412-8233, or email info@kikisquiltshack.com.

Kiki’s Quilt Shack is on the southwest corner of Palm and Bullard avenues in Fresno.

Help Kiki's Quilt Shack Make Masks For Local Healthcare Workers

Have you heard the news? Kiki’s Quilt Shack recently partnered with Central Valley Community Foundation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are going to use our 18,000 square foot facility to manufacture face masks for local hospitals spanning across 6 counties in the area. The first group of volunteers is scheduled to come in tomorrow and help us get this project up and running. However, we would also like to invite all of you to help us out too!How can you help? (It’s super easy, and you can do it in the comfort in your own home.)1. All interested volunteers must register by emailing Central Valley Community Foundation at fresnomasks@gmail.com. HandsOn Central California will be delivering kits to volunteers 55 years old and older. If you need your kit delivered, please denote that in your email when you register.2. After you register, be sure to come by Kiki’s Quilt Shack on Thursday, April 2nd and pick up your mask-making kit from 11am-1pm. Each kit makes 12 masks. We will post 2 more videos tomorrow on our website and social media channels that will guide you through the mask-making process.3. Once you have made all the masks in your kit, you can drop them off at Kiki’s Quilt Shack on Thursday, April 9th from 11am-1pm. We will have a drop off bin outside for you where you can turn in your completed masks to us.All materials in the mask-making kits will be provided to you for free. Our face mask patterns and kits have been customized to meet the required standards of healthcare professionals. We ask that you do not change or modify our pattern in any way to ensure your masks can be used. All volunteers who would like to help us make masks at Kiki’s Quilt Shack will be provided with a machine and a workspace that conforms to safe social distancing standards set by the state of California and the CDC.If you have any further questions do not hesitate to call us at (559) 412-8233, or email us at info@kikisquiltshack.com. Kiki’s Quilt Shack is located on the corner of Palm and Bullard in Fresno. Our address is 5747 N. Palm Avenue, Fresno, CA 93704.For more information, check out the official press release at the following link – https://kikisquiltshack.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/COVID19-PPE-Media-Advisory_CVCF.pdf

Posted by Kiki's Quilt Shack on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fresno Police Department Needs Help Sewing

Fresno Police Department volunteers are diligently working on sewing fabric face masks for their personnel to wear.

The Department used social media in the past couple of days to try finding materials to make masks. They were having a difficult time finding elastic for the masks. The department now has the materials available, but now needs volunteers to sew the masks. Contact Kate Woertman at Kathryn.woertman@fresno.gov or call 559 621-6530

The city of Fresno also announced on Friday that protective face masks will be given to as many police and firefighters as possible.

4 Responses

  1. Patricia Galan

    What then is the doctor’s proposed solution to the shortage of masks for medical personnel?

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  2. Ronald Owens

    What can be done to increase the efficiency of cloth masks? My wife has read that cotton fabric such as on mens undershirts are more tightly woven. Apart from tight fitting, are there fabrics available similar to that in surgical masks?

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  3. Jim Ganson

    The cloth mask aren’t meant to protect you from particles but rather to keep you from touching your face. Nobody is saying to use them in medical environments.

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  4. JPav

    I made face masks for my family members. Some I used felt as a liner and some I purchased N95 inserts that I purchased when this all started. I’m not saying they are 100% safe and I told every family member to continue with social distancing. I think the fabric face masks are more to control the person wearing them from spreading the virus, not that they will prevent them from getting the virus…….hense continuing social distancing. Stay safe and healthy everyone.

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