MOBILIZING CONGREGATIONS TO HELP ENSURE MASKS FOR ALL
What is "Masks for All?"
The Need: To reopen public spaces in our communities, while limiting transmission of the COVID-19 virus, wearing face masks will be strongly recommended, if not required. Government leaders have asked Houston Responds to help provide personal use face masks to help ensure there are MASKS FOR ALL as we transition out of quarantine, especially for those in under-resourced areas.
The Goal: 1,000 congregations providing over 1,000,000 masks. How? 500 to 1,000 congregations mobilizing to create 100 to 200 masks (sewn or un-sewn) per week. The love, service, and generosity of local congregations will ensure over 1,000,000 people in Greater Houston will have potentially life-saving reusable masks.
Ways to Participate
Below are the ways you can help. Financial contributions to support the purchase of supplies and materials can be made online. Please designate your donation for "Masks For All".
• Produce Masks
Sewn & DIY Methods Available
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who needs a mask during the coronavirus pandemic?
A: Everyone. The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. This is NOT an N95 mask.
Q: Is it okay to use a hand sewn mask?
A: The FDA recently issued emergency regulations of its enforcement policy for masks. These CDC masks recommended for personal use are not considered medical grade masks under their guidelines because; 1) they are not labeled or otherwise intended for use by a healthcare professional; 2) they are not labeled or otherwise for use in a healthcare facility or environment; and 3) they do not include any drugs, biologics, or anti-microbial/anti-viral agents.
Q: Can a doctor or nurse use these masks?
A: No. These masks should not be used as a substitute from FDA-compliant medical masks. They are for personal non-medical use only.
Q: Are these masks made for children?
A: Currently, we are producing the CDC one size fits all, but we are encouraging donations of masks for children.
Q: Do I still need to practice social distancing while in public while wearing a face mask?
A: Yes. Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for maintaining a 6-feet social distance or hand washing as these remain important steps to slowing down the spread of the virus.
Q: Are there any exceptions for not wearing a face mask?
A: According to Harris County, face coverings shall be worn except when:
Exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
Alone in a separate single space, whether indoors or outdoors;
In the presence only of other members of one’s residence, whether inside or outside the residence;
When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk; or
When eating or drinking.
Q: What is the proper way to wear a cloth mask?
A: Cloth face coverings should—
fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
be secured with ties or ear loops
include multiple layers of fabric
allow for breathing without restriction
be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.
Q: How often should I wash my cloth mask?
A: According to the CDC, your mask should be washed routinely depending on frequency of use. Others have recommended washing your mask after each use as an extra precaution.
Q: How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth mask?
A: A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering. According to this article, you can also handwash and it is important to wash in a warm-water cycle.
Q: What is the proper way to take off a mask?
A: Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immately after removing. More information here.
Q: Do I need to wash my hands more often if I am using a face mask?
A: Yes. While wearing a face mask you may touch your face more often. You should wash or sanitize your hands anytime after you touch your face or adjust your mask.
Q: Who should not wear cloth face masks?
A: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children younger than two years of age.