A quick Google search will reveal a vast listing of videos that depict different ways that one might construct a Do-It-Yourself Mask for protection during the current pandemic. The quality of the designs varies widely and in almost all cases, no testing was conducted to evaluate the filtering efficiency of the proposed filter material or fit testing to evaluate the effectiveness of the seal around one’s facial orifices.
This page has been developed to share ideas related to Do-It-Yourself Masks in this time of growing urgent need. In the video below, EnMed Vice Dean, Dr. John C. Criscione describes how one might make a Do-It-Yourself mask. He offers information regarding different DIY options, including some widely available 3D Printable designs, and he describes some of the testing that should be pursued to evaluate these designs.
Video: Assessing Proposed Mask Alternatives and a Do-It-Yourself Mask using HVAC Air Filters
N95-Style Alternative Mask
The mask constructed in this video could be considered for possible use in certain activities while N95 masks are unavailable. If approved N95 masks are available, use those approved N95 masks first.
While these masks may provide some level of particulate matter filtration that offers some measure of protection, but no guarantee, representation, or warranty is made relating to meeting or exceeding the performance standards of an N95 PPE mask certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”) or approved by the Federal Drug Administration. Any use of this type of mask is at the user’s own risk.
This type of mask is NOT NIOSH certified, NOT FDA approved, NOT tested to NIOSH or FDA standards, NOT sterile, and NOT for sale.
Filter Material: MERV 13
Place of assembly: College Station