According to the Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), the novel coronavirus is mainly transmitted from person-to-person contact through moisture droplets emitted from an infected person (i.e., coughing, sneezing and even just breathing). The safest way to prevent COVID-19, the disease which develops from the novel coronavirus, is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face where the virus can be easily contracted through your mouth, nose and eyes, and practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from any other person.

That’s because people who show no symptoms of COVID-19 can still transmit the disease unknowingly. It takes a few days after a person has contracted the novel coronavirus before they display symptoms. This is when people are pre-symptomatic. Many people have contracted the disease show no symptoms at all and are known as asymptomatic. Both pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic people are still capable of spreading the disease.

While cloth face coverings such as scarves, t-shirts and bandanas wouldn’t pass healthcare standards, they have been shown to provide some protection. And, it’s easy enough to make a face mask without any sewing involved. Using just a bandana and two elastic bands (or rubber bands), you can protect yourself and anyone around you.

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Like cars, clothes need maintenance, too. Whether or not you spend a lot on your clothes, having the right garment care tools at your side is imperative for making your duds last.

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