We are no longer sewing masks for donation. If you are looking for information on how to sew masks, our group is still active on Facebook. You can find us by searching for "MN COVID Mask Sewists."
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We are a group of volunteers committed to putting our best sincere effort forward in reviewing and disseminating information. We are not medical professionals nor attorneys, and do not have knowledge of medical or legal requirements. Our understanding and belief is that the CDC permits the use of reusable cloth face masks in a crisis response when there are absolutely no other options available. A reusable face mask is NOT considered PPE since per the CDC, “their capability to protect healthcare personnel is unknown.” A reusable face mask is not stand alone safety equipment and for healthcare workers, per CDC should ideally be combined with a face shield. For both healthcare and community members, they should also be used in conjunction with and is only to be used in conjunction with social distancing, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and other safety procedures. It does not provide the wearer with reliable protection from inhaling smaller airborne particles and is not considered respiratory protection. It should NOT be used in a surgical setting or where significant exposure to liquid bodily or other hazardous fluids may be expected.
Please exercise your personal judgment and discretion and make your own decisions regarding the use of reusable face masks, as it should be a personal educated decision and information from this page is NOT medical advice and should not be relied upon as such. Please note that these are not FDA-regulated medical devices, and have not been manufactured to the same degree of sterility as face masks or other items that directly interface with mucous membranes. We make no claims regarding the safety and efficacy of the face masks in preventing any disease or illness, including, but not limited to COVID-19. We also make no claims of antimicrobial or antiviral protection or infection prevention or reduction or regarding flammability. We believe the masks do not provide complete protection from COVID-19 or any other disease or illness, and should be used only when no other options are available.
ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, ANY WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY. By accepting and using the face mask, you are releasing, waiving, and discharging MN Covid Mask Sewists and all of its employees, agents, and volunteers, from any and all liability, claims demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including death, that may be sustained by you or anyone who receives the mask from you. To the extent you provide the mask to others, you hereby agree that you will provide a copy of this disclaimer to them. (Copied with permission from sewmasksphilly.com)