The Colorado Sewing Coalition came together in less than a week, under the leadership of Denver Councilwoman Debbie Ortega. Seeking an opportunity to help provide much needed PPE in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, she reached out to a number of partners to obtain equipment, material, funding and sewers and volunteers to produce face masks locally, distributing them to our front-line service workers who are still required to be in the workforce every day, as well as community members in need.
The pattern being utilized to create the masks was designed by a nurse, and includes three layers of fabric - two layers of cotton and one layer of filter material. While the masks cannot be certified as N95 masks, they are believed to be extremely helpful in stopping the spread of COVID-19 droplets that can be present in the air should you be near an infected individual.
CARING FOR YOUR MASK
Don't touch your face while wearing the mask. If it happens, wash or sanitize your hands to reduce contamination.
Be careful when removing the mask! Don't let the outside touch your face. Wash your hands after removing.
Sanitize between uses, if possible. Be extra careful if it's not possible.
Place your dirty mask in a bag until you can wash it.
Wash in warm or hot water with regular detergent. Hand washing may extend the life, but might not be as effective in getting it totally clean.
Dry on high minimum 30 minutes to sanitize (or a minimum of 170* F for 30 min)