En español | Coronavirus case counts are rising nationwide, prompting more state and local governments to call on people to cover their faces in public to help curb the spread, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Temperatures are rising, too, with the National Weather Service warning that the “heat dome” scorching much of the country could linger in some areas for weeks.
Those two circumstances will make for a lot of sweaty faces this summer. But there are ways to make covering up a little more comfortable, even in record heat. According to researchers at the University of Illinois, a two-layer face mask made from a cotton T-shirt can be both breathably cool and effective in blocking potentially virus-carrying respiratory droplets.
And you can make one in a few minutes, no needle, thread or even staples required. Here's how to make a fast, no-fuss T-shirt mask for summer safety.
4. Cut through the loop so you have a long strip of cloth. This will be the strap of your mask.