Check out https://getusppe.org/makers/face-masks/. We’re consolidating our efforts with GetUsPPE and their advice is going to be much better than ours!
Everyone should wear a mask when they are in public places, grocery shopping or working around others. While not as effective as N95 masks, they can be 50% more effective than wearing nothing. Why wouldn’t you?
Not everyone shows symptoms. Wearing a mask shows that you care about everyone.
Yes, there are providers that will accept home made masks. They will clean them using their own protocols prior to use.
We work with GetUsPPE. They track provider requests and know who will accept hand-made masks.
Check out the study (very readable) where scientists experimented with various household materials.
There are a number of trusted patterns at the very bottom of this page: https://getusppe.org/makers/face-masks/