A homemade mask making initiative has been launched in Cayman in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CayMask.com.
Launched by Massive Media, and following similar programmes that first started in Europe, CayMask provides instructions for how to create, use and sanitise your homemade mask, and includes a Facebook community for people to share or request homemade masks as needed.
In the 30th March daily government press conference, Dr Lee expressed support for all residents to wear homemade masks when leaving their residence as a way of reducing the risk of transmission of the disease:
“There is no doubt, if everybody was to wear masks then it would protect the community more than it currently is. For the reason that, although when you wear a mask you’re not protecting yourself, if you’re stopping the droplets spreading from you to another person, if everybody is wearing a mask then you are generally stopping the virus travelling around.”
As well as creating your own mask, CayMask is encouraging people to create extra masks for others in the community, especially those who are most vulnerable:
“We really hope people will help each other with this initiative, there are elderly isolated and other vulnerable groups who will need masks to be made for them, and people can use the CayMask Facebook Group to help connect the makers with those people,” stated Rich Dyer of Massive Media. “Our Czech team have seen directly the impact this has had in reducing infection rates in Europe, and we are eager to get this initiative going in Cayman ASAP.”
People are encouraged to mark any posts with the #caymask hashtag, so people can connect easily to share/request masks, as well as showing people how you have made your own locally.
The website sums up with an important message to remind people that “My mask protects you, your mask protects me”.
Find out more at CayMask.com.