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Sales Boom in Material for Homemade Masks

The owner of the sewing workshop Sauma has sold material for over 8,000 homemade masks recently. A new shipment of material is expected to arrive shortly. Owner Sveinn Dal Sigmarsson says that people are more likely to sow during a recession, and that the handiwork might be an alternative source of income for some. Such was the demand that Sveinn got his mother to assist with the store.

“We’ve already sold 400 metres of this fabric. Each metre can give 20 masks, so it’s around 8,000 masks that have been pre-sold,” Sveinn told Ví He expects that number to increase to 15,000 or 16,000 next week. “There was a boom following the Merchant’s Weekend. We started to sell elastic material in the thousands per day, and all of our material was sold out. People lose their jobs during recessions, so they try to find ways to get an income. So they take out the sewing machine, make things, and sell them on Facebook.”

The material is not classified as a medical instrument but has been tested, and is only a good option for people in good health in certain conditions. “The material has been tested by the French army is probably a fine material,” said Ása Atladóttir, a project manager in disease control at the Directorate of Health. She points out that those making masks at home should make sure that they are three-layered in order to provide enough protection.

Here are instructions for the use of face masks from the Icelandic Directorate of Health.

The instructions point out that it’s preferable to use single-use masks, but that multi-use masks made from linen can be used, provided that they are washed daily, at the least. The Directorate does not recommend the general use of face masks in public, however.

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