Need a mask? Here’s where to buy one, how to make your own

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 13:50:58-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As Tennessee prepares to reopen its economy on May 1, residents are encouraged to wear masks. Here are a few resources on where to find them or how you can make your own.

Read more: Cloth masks being ordered 'for all Tennesseans,' lawmakers told

If you’re looking purchase one, the “I Believe in Nashville” team is making specially-designed masks. They’ve already donated some 24,000, including at least 4,000 for essential workers. Click here for more.

Several other local companies are also making masks. Click here to see more.

If you want to make your own, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has provided a detailed list of instructions. Click here to see how to make hand-sewn and elastic face coverings.

If you would like to donate cloth masks to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital or Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, please email


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.