FAQs

Are there makers and requests all from over the state?

In short, yes! We have provided masks to organizations state-wide and have members in many communities. We are always looking for leadership in local communities, so if you're interested in championing efforts for your area, please get in touch with our leadership at alaskamaskmakers@gmail.com

What if I'm making masks with a pattern outside of Alaska mask maker recommendations?

We still accept different mask patterns. We recommend certain patterns based on safety and accessibility.

Does your group make 3D printed masks?

Our focus is fabric masks, but we have some details and links to groups working on 3D printed masks featured on our Make Masks page.

Has Alaska Mask Makers been in the news?

We're so flattered you asked! Yes, indeed, we have been. You can see articles about our group on KTVA here and on the ADN here. We are also partnering, where relevant, with Anchorage Municipality’s i-team, so you may often hear of our efforts in the weekly incident reports.

Who should be wearing masks?

On April 3rd, the CDC officially recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recommends it's best for us to stay as close to home as possible to stay healthy. But if you must leave home, please cover up with a cloth face covering.

What are some good articles to read about masks in today's (ever-changing) situation?

First, begin with this message on masks from Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, Ann Zink.

A few recommended articles:

And a few scientific papers of note:

Are you affiliated with other Mask Maker groups around the country?

We are proud of our group and other mask makers who share in our mission. The leadership of our team is in contact with other mask making groups, but we have no direct affiliation.