A worker in northern China makes a face mask as companies strive to match demand – but some people are buying similar materials to assemble at home. Photo: XinhuaA worker in northern China makes a face mask as companies strive to match demand – but some people are buying similar materials to assemble at home. Photo: Xinhua
A worker in northern China makes a face mask as companies strive to match demand – but some people are buying similar materials to assemble at home. Photo: Xinhua

Coronavirus: how China’s face mask shortage inspired people to learn to make their own

  • Materials can bought cheaply online and combined to filter out germs, while people exchange tips in online chat groups
  • Urgent demand has forced individuals and hospitals alike to get to work to meet the shortfall

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A worker in northern China makes a face mask as companies strive to match demand – but some people are buying similar materials to assemble at home. Photo: XinhuaA worker in northern China makes a face mask as companies strive to match demand – but some people are buying similar materials to assemble at home. Photo: Xinhua
A worker in northern China makes a face mask as companies strive to match demand – but some people are buying similar materials to assemble at home. Photo: Xinhua
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