Azra Akšamija Creates Co-MASK in response to COVID-19

Azra Akšamija, Co-MASK.
ACT at MIT

In the wake of COVID-19, and the lack of personal protection equipment readily available, ACT Professor Azra Akšamija has created Co-MASK.

The Co-MASK team invites you to join a global project to create fabric masks that promote hope, humanity, and hygiene practices in time of crisis. Collaborating across borders, they want to raise awareness about the risks of COVID-19 infection and the need for physical distancing and self-isolation, while advocating solidarity with the most vulnerable in our global community. You can help by taking on a translation into a language not listed above, adding relevant content to our website, designing and sewing new masks and sharing them among your community —> for example, by responding to the Cambridge Heath Alliance call for mask donations.

The project offers instructions in many languages for how to make masks in individual sizes at home. All you need are materials you will likely find at home: a cotton T-shirt, a kitchen cloth, and non-woven fabric. You do not need a sewing machine; scissors, thread, and needle will be enough. The masks are washable, have a nose clip, and allow you to insert a replaceable filter, such as a surgical mask. While the Co-MASK cannot prevent an infection with the Coronavirus, it offers protection from larger droplets and prevents you from touching your face. Suppression and self-isolation are the only measures proven to protect the larger community!

Co-MASK hopes to inspire you to create these masks for your family, friends, and your community to advocate self-isolation, hygiene, and heartfelt human connection. Please wash your hands and the masks before disseminating and be careful to distribute them without direct physical contact.

Create your own mask with a kiss and a smile, post it on social media with the hashtag #CoMASK

The open source DIY instructions for the Co-MASK Basic model are now available on co-MASK’s website. and on their Facebook page.