A few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged people to wear sanitary protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This protective gear included gloves, hand sanitizer, and most importantly, face masks. Upon reception of this global message, millions of people began ordering these masks online or rushing to local retailers to buy face masks in bulk. Needles to say, stock outs were inevitable. So the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had to come up with a plan B: “How can we [health officials] ensure that every American has access to protective facial gear?” With low face mask supplies and high demand, manufacturers and producers were struggling to keep up, they couldn’t be relied on to meet the existing demand. Therefore, the FDA only had one available solution: improvisation. This quickly translated to DIY face masks.
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