How to make an anti-infection mask easily from paper towel

Swine flu is spreading all over the world and the number of patients is growing every each day.

Maybe it's not familiar to those who are out of Japan, but in Japan, when you got cold, it's very common to wear a mask covering mouth and nose. The flu mainly passes on by droplet transmission caused by coughs and sneezes. So the mask may not cover you from virus but will help preventing further infection from you to others.

Here's the step-by-step instruction of how to make a transmission preventing mask from paper towel, written by a doctor of Katakai Hospital in Niigata pref.

(JP)Making masks from Paper Towel

What you need is a sheet of paper towel, 2 rubber bands, and a stapler.

Fold a paper towel in two. You may want to pile up two of three towels in one.

Fold to the center.

Fold the shown part in half

Flip it back and fold to center

Fold at center and make an accordion-like thing

Place rubber bands on both sides and fix them with stapler


Change the position of rubber bands to adjust the size.

We should warn you that it will not be a perfect defense for viruses. But you need a mask in hurry, this tip will do.

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in Note, Posted by darkhorse