I’ve been in touch with hospitals & healthcare professionals, and these tireless, awesome, heroic people are in critical need of masks.
Yes - even homemade masks! So let’s HELP.
I’m not a professional seamster - but I’ve got a machine & I’m good enough to pitch in! YOU CAN TOO. I have an initial personal goal of 20 masks. Team Goal: I’M LOOKING FOR 10 MORE PEOPLE to make 10 masks each! Are you one of them? YES? Then let's stay in touch & support each other in this effort! Also - people who sew know people who sew. Who can you bring on board?
You've got questions! Here are some answers.
1) Are homemade fabric masks as good as N95 respirators & surgical masks?
No - they aren’t a replacement, they are an ADDITION, and they’ll likely be used OVER a healthcare professional’s N95 in order to extend its life. This is critical due to the dire shortage of N95s & surgical masks. Also, fabric masks may be used by patients and professionals as a “better than nothing” option until backup supplies arrive. PLUS they are a simple reminder not to touch one’s face. And even that counts!
2) Do hospitals ACTUALLY need & accept homemade fabric masks?
YES! Particularly in New York and Southern California (as of 3/27/2020). I have PERSONALLY spoken to hospitals that are accepting these masks. How many? “As many as possible.” What style? “Any style.” Where can I deliver them? “I - I - sorry I have to go RIGHT NOW!” Yes - that conversation ended with them jumping off the phone & back into the next unfolding emergency.
Even hospitals that currently have enough supplies may not in the near future. These masks are quick & easy to create, so it’s worth an hour or two in order to donate to places that are currently in need, and to have a pile handy for that future moment when the need arises. Worse case scenario: you, your family, friends, elderly neighbors, mail person, grocery store employees, gas station employees get to have one of your masks - and a useful reminder not to touch their face when interacting with the public!