U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

05/21/2020 | Press release | Archived content

How to Make Cloth Face Coverings

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

  • Who should NOT use cloth face coverings: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • Cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended in CDC guidance.

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, like, grocery stores and pharmacies.

Simple cloth face coverings can be made at home and may help prevent the spread of COVID-19.