When word got out that the coronavirus was making it to the US, many panic-bought face masks which led to a major shortage of these both in stores and online. The N95 face masks that are so important for medical personnel have been in short supply ever since, so now that the CDC recommends that everyone wears a mask in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19, what can you do? The CDC has provided simple instructions on how to make your own mask on their website. One set of instructions for those that can sew is available, as well as one set for those that are more comfortable just using a scissor to cut out their mask from a piece of fabric.
You should clean your mask every time you use it. If possible, just throwing it into your washer after you get home will help you remember to take care of it with the next load of laundry.