Since I see more and more people wearing facemasks, and from the reading I've done on the Internet it appears that new government guidelines are requiring facemasks when out in public, I decided it might be wise to make one for myself since I have no idea where I can buy one at the moment.
I think the facemasks are a good idea because like I've mentioned in the past, at the moment there's nothing we can do to stop this Bat flu, the best we can do is to cut down our chances of getting it by limiting contact with other people and following guidelines that decrease our chances of getting it even though we've come in contact with asymptomatic people. And wearing a mask is just one of the little things we can do to slightly decrease our chance of getting the Bat flu when we're around people that have no signs of illness. And I was reading something recently that said that 25% of the people that are infected are spreading it without any sign of illness themselves.
Now I don't think the mask is going to do much to stop the spread of the Wu flu particularly for someone like me that has a beard and a mustache, because for a mask to work it has to seal fairly tightly around your face and that's almost impossible with a beard and mustache. But it will help a little bit and it might help keep my hands away from my face.
I made it out of a piece of old flannel pillowcase I had laying around and two rubber bands. It required no sewing, no expense, no talent, and very little imagination, in other words it was a perfect project for me.
I think this facemask is going to fit my persona rather well, instead of looking like a homeless bum, I now look like a homeless bum that's going to rob a liquor store, and that's a considerable step up in social status from just being a boondocker.
My DIY facemask. It has three layers of folded over flannel, and I cut slits for the rubber bands to go through. I think I'll keep it in a plastic baggie in the truck and use it when I see other people wearing them. Like I said I don't think it will do much good but in some places it's the law, and it might make others feel better to see me wearing it.