Research finds link between sewing masks and well-being at start of pandemic

A crafter uses a sewing machine to make a cloth face mask in Ames, Iowa, November 2021. Larger image. Credit: Rachel Cramer/Iowa State University News Service

During a critical face mask shortage at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, home sewers responded by pulling out fabric stashes, threading their machines and getting to work. Recently published research shows their efforts to protect health care workers and loved ones stemmed not only from altruism, but also a desire for some sort of control during an unprecedented time of uncertainty.

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