Someone reverse-engineered N95 face masks: Here’s how to make your own

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  • Face masks are finally back in stock at Amazon and are shipping out quickly, with 3-ply face masks being the most popular option.
  • If you’re the do-it-yourself type, however, you can make your own face masks that provide great protection against the novel coronavirus.
  • People across the country are being advised to wear protective face masks in order to help shied themselves and prevent becoming infected with or spreading COVID-19.
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Hurry over to Amazon right now and you’ll find that top-selling 3-layer face masks are in stock and ready to ship. With prices starting at just $0.88 per mask, you really can’t go wrong. As long as you also practice social distancing and good hygiene by constantly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer (which is also in stock right now at Amazon), these masks are quite effective. And if you want to step things up a notch, you’ll find that KN95 masks are shockingly in stock as well right now. They’re definitely going to sell out soon though, so you’ll need to hurry if you want any.

50 PCS Face Mask Disposable for General Use 3 Ply Earloop Pollution Health Protection Protectiv…: $43.99 ($0.88 / Mask)

ALPHAMED Sankelle 10 PCS Dust Protection Outdoors Anti-Pollution Cycling with 5 Layers for Men…: $36.95 ($3.70 / Mask)

Of course, you can get protection that’s nearly as good if you decide to make your own face masks.

Just last month we gave our readers an awesome guide that explained how to make coronavirus face masks at home quickly and easily. In fact, those DIY face masks are so easy to make that you don’t even have to sew. Most of the materials you need to make those particular masks are simple things that you already have lying around your house. There are really only two things you need that might not already be readily available, and they’re both in stock and shipping now from Amazon. Definitely check out our guide for more details.

As we said, those masks are great because they’re very easy to make and they’re far more effective than just a t-shirt or a scarf. That said, they’re nowhere near as effective as medical-grade face masks that some people wear. The CDC is quite clear that “any face covering is better than nothing,” but you still shouldn’t buy N95 face masks even if you do manage to find them online or in a nearby store. Doctors, nurses, first responders, and others on the front lines of the war against the novel coronavirus have a far greater need than you do, and there is still a terrible shortage of masks and other PPE.

While it’s true that something is better than nothing, there are certainly degrees of effectiveness based on the materials and design you use. The masks in the guide linked above are more effective than any basic cloth masks, for example, but now we’ve found a guide for DIY coronavirus face masks that are even more effective than those. The guide comes from the same YouTube channel, and the vlogger basically tried to reverse-engineer an N95 mask. The end result is NOT as effective as a medical-grade respirator, of course, but it’s easily one of the best face mask designs we’ve come across. In fact, it even has its own integrated virus neutralizer.

That said, this mask is a bit more complicated than the one above and there are definitely more materials that you’ll need to make it. Here’s the full materials list:

Once you’ve got all that ready to go, you’ll find all the instructions you need in the video embedded below.

Here’s a better breakdown of the materials and prices:

Virus neutralizer

Milliard Citric Acid 2 Pound – 100% Pure Food Grade NON-GMO Project VERIFIED (2 Pound): $12.99 ($0.41 / Ounce)

Outer layer options

Spunbond Pack: Polyester Nonwoven Craft Fabric: $9.95

Disposable Melt-blown Cloth -Nonwoven, MUSK Filter Fabric, Polypropylene Sediment Filters, For…: Price too low to display

SPC BPO500 BASIC 17″ Length, 15″ Width, White Color Oil Only Light Weight Pad (100 Per Bale): $23.76

Middle Layer

Sfee 200 Pack Disposable Shoe Covers CPE Waterproof Slip Resistant Hygienic, Non Slip, Durable,…: Price too low to display

Inside Layer

Aerostar Home Max 20x20x1 MERV 13 Pleated Air Filter, Made in the USA, Captures Virus Particles…: $37.99 ($6.33 / Each Set)

Oil Absorbing Pads

SPC BPO200 BASIC 17″ Length, 15″ Width, White Color Oil Only Light Weight Pad (200 Per Bale): $57.55


GE GE012A All Purpose Silicone 1 Sealant Caulk, 10.1oz, Clear: $4.47 ($0.56 / oz)

Silicone gun

Newborn 930-GTD Drip-Free Smooth Hex Rod Cradle Caulking Gun with Gator Trigger Comfort Grip, 1…: $5.91

White Tape

3M Micropore Paper Tape – White, 1″ x 10yds (Box of 12): $10.61 ($0.88 / Count)

Black Tape

T.R.U. EL7566-AW Professional Grade Rubber Black PVC Electrical Tape, rated up to 600 volts and…: $6.99


CMDIV White 70-Yards Length 1/4″ Width Braided Elastic Cord/Elastic Band/Elastic Rope/Bungee/Wh…: Price too low to display

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