That’s why we at Anuprerna, has taken the initiative to offer handmade fabrics that are available immediately and can be used for making non-medical face mask and other PPE resources.
Q. Are Cloth masks effective to reduce the transmission of the virus?
A. YES. While they are not direct substitutes for N95 medical mask, these filter cloth masks do offer a significant degree of protection against droplets with COVID-19, and offers protection for the eyes, nose, and mouth; protection of your mask against contamination; and prevention of touching of the face. They can also be cleaned, disinfected, and reused, so will continue to provide protection if critical mask shortages continue. On April 3, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) officially recommended to wear “cloth face coverings” in public, to reduce community-based transmission of COVID-19. As an additional resource on homemade masks, also see: Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?
Q. Can these fabrics be used to make medical grade mask?
A. No. The masks produced for our handmade fabrics, are not medical grade masks and do not replace N95 masks. “The Center for Disease Control notes that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies are not available. N95 masks are in short supply, and people who don’t need them are using them. Surgical masks can serve lighter duty uses. Fabric face masks are best used to protect existing N95s and surgical masks.”
Q. Who should wear these face-masks?
A. Depending where you live, and what’s needed at hospitals in your community, this answer can vary. Please contact your local hospitals to find out what masks they will accept. For first responders and front line medical staff : At minimum, when there is a shortage, fabric masks can be used by doctors and nurses on our front lines to protect existing N95s and surgical masks, so that necessary protection can last longer. For other people working in essential services : Masks can be used by healthcare workers who are not working directly with COVID-19 patients, but who are in and around hospitals and need protections. And, for everyone in essential services such as grocery clerks and delivery people who are in high-exposure situations. For you and your community : Depending where you live and what the directives are around wearing masks in public, you can make these masks for those in your community – especially the elderly and person with pre-existing illness those with compromised health.
Q. How do I clean & Dry a homemade cloth mask?
A. Homemade cloth masks should be properly cleaned before they are reused.
You can include your face covering with your regular laundry. Use the warmest appropriate water (160°F) using soap or detergent that leaves no residue.
Washing by hand:
• Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water. Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
• Soak the masks in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
• Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
• Dryer: Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.
• Air dry: Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the cloth face covering in direct sunlight.
Q. Why have you mentioned about 500,000+ Masks?
A. With a conservative estimates, 1 yard of our fabric would be enough to make 10+ masks or more. We already have an existing inventory of 50,000+ meters of fabrics and can be produced again on demand.
Q. Do you offer only fabrics or Finished Products?
A. We would be happy to manufacturer for you with some timeline ranging from one - two weeks depending on the quantity. We would need detailed design for the masks or any other resources.
Q. How long will it take for shipping?
A. Shipping will take 7-15+ days depending on your destination and choice of shipping (Regular vs Express). For finished masks, would it can one - two weeks for preparation of the masks as per your design. Although the logistics is currently going through a uncertain phase, so delay in shipping might occur. But we’ll try our best to make you experience smooth.
Q. Do you ship to Internationally?
A. International Shipping has currently resumed from India. Although the logistics is currently going through a uncertain phase, so delay in shipping might occur. But we’ll try our best to make you experience smooth.
Q. Can we get bulk discounts?
A. We are offering at a much discounted prices. But we are open to offer a better pricing for bulk options. Do contact us at [email protected] for further information.