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Coronavirus: Austin business moves from making aprons to cloth masks for public protection

AUSTIN, Texas — For the past 10 years, Savilino Apron and Leathercraft Design has done just that  — make leather products for hotel and restaurant workers.

For the past two weeks or so, owner Chris Savittiere and dozens of employees have gotten to work making cloth masks instead.

When every restaurant in town shut down, we realized we were shut down too," Savittiere said. 

His team makes the masks with double layering and elastic bands on either side to give double the protection. Savittiere advised it's great for large particles, but is not nearly as protective as an N95 mask. 

"We’re producing for the public in an effort to help keep the N95 masks in the hands of the medical care professionals who need them the most," Savittiere said.

On Friday afternoon, the CDC and White House made recommendations for the public to wear



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