If you decided early to go with a breathable fabric mask to reduce your impact on the environment and keep others safe – yay!
You may have purchased a Style 1E/1T TAVMask from me to help support an Ottawa based business, or you may have purchased from one of the many other awesome sewists who have been doing their part to try to help keep everyone a bit safer.
So, now it should be a 3 layer mask, but yours has no pocket to insert either a reusable or disposable filter!!! And you have a few of them!!
I’ve created these TAVMask Filter Insert Pockets as an option, so you can still use your 2 layer facemark with your choice of filter material and be able to either get an insert for each mask and tack it in, or plan to wash it every use and move it from mask to mask as needed.
I am still working out pricing for these, but for now, if you are interested in one to let you continue using your TAVMask < or other 2 layer mask>, pop me an email at email@example.com and let me know what size you think will work for you – based on the size you ordered, or the measurements my TAVMask page.
While I await delivery of an order of appropriate polypropylene, there are some suggestions that may help you add your own filter in the meantime:
In September 2020 this article was published by the University of British Columbia and it suggests dry baby wipes work well..
and the latest from Canada.ca
Filters add an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 by trapping small infectious particles. Consider wearing a mask that includes a filter or filter material as one of its layers, such as:
non-woven polypropylene fabric, which can be found as:
a craft fabric
the non-woven fabric that’s used to make some reusable shopping bags
a disposable filter inserted into a pocket on the mask
Reusable masks with a non-woven filter layer should be washed daily, and can be washed multiple times. Disposable filters should be changed daily or as directed by the manufacturer.