MASKS DONATED AS OF May 2nd = 1733


May you be proud of the work that you do, the person you are and the difference you make 

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MASKS DONATED AS OF May 2nd = 1733


May you be proud of the work that you do, the person you are and the difference you make 

A Tribute to Our Heroes

Our Mission

 In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical professionals in the US are expecting a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the coming days and are looking for people with sewing machines who can help make protective masks for those on the front lines. 


WE ARE ANSWERING THE CALL! 

What Is Happening

US Physicians/Healthcare Workers For Personal Protective Equipment in COVID-19 Pandemic

As cases of COVID-19 escalate around the country, physicians and other healthcare workers (HCWs) are facing severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). This shortage is already a major crisis and will place an insurmountable strain on the health system of this country as cases continue to rise and more people require hospitalization for complications of COVID-19.


As a result of this shortage, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for appropriate PPE for HCWs on the frontlines have shifted. This shift does not come in response to overwhelming evidence, rather to a supply chain issue.


As quoted directly from the CDC website: “PPE recommendations for the care of patients with known or suspected COVID-19: Based on local and regional situational analysis of PPE supplies, facemasks are an acceptable alternative when the supply chain of respirators cannot meet the demand."..."When the supply chain is restored, facilities with a respiratory protection program should return to use of respirators for patients with known or suspected COVID-19."


These statements in no way suggest that droplet precautions are adequate, supported by the statement that as soon as the supply chain has been restored, we should go back to using N95 respirators. As a result of these recommendations, many hospitals have taken the CDC recommendations to mean that facemasks are the preferred PPE, rather than a less desired (and potentially less safe) alternative. 


They have thus rationed respirators to be made available only for procedures, such as intubation and bronchoscopy, during which the virus is more likely to become aerosolized. This is putting our HCWs in tremendous danger of contracting and spreading COVID-19, which is unacceptable in the country with the most expensive health care system in the world. (1)


An intensive-care nurse in Illinois was told to make a single-use mask last for five days.


An emergency room doctor in California said her colleagues had started storing dirty masks in plastic containers to use again later with different patients.


A pediatrician in Washington State, trying to make her small stock last, has been spraying each mask with alcohol after use, until it breaks down.


“The situation is terrible, really terrible,” said Dr. Niran Al-Agba, 45, the pediatrician. “I don’t think we were prepared.”


Dr. Al-Agba was one of hundreds of health care workers this week who appealed to the public for help confronting the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened thousands and killed more than 140 people in the United States. (1)

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'IT FEELS LIKE A WAR ZONE' - DOCTORS AND NURSES PLEAD FOR MASKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA(1)

Do DIY Masks Really Work?

   Scientists from the University of Cambridge asked this exact question in the aftermath of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. They performed a study to examine homemade masks as an alternative to commercial face masks. Several household materials were evaluated for the capacity to block bacterial and viral aerosols. 


The number of microorganisms isolated from coughs of healthy volunteers wearing their homemade mask, a surgical mask, or no mask was compared using several air-sampling techniques. The median-fit factor of the homemade masks was one-half that of the surgical masks. Both masks significantly reduced the number of microorganisms expelled by volunteers, although the surgical mask was 3 times more effective in blocking transmission than the homemade mask. 


The researchers concluded that the findings suggest that a homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be BETTER THAN NO PROTECTION. (2), (3)


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(1)  HTTPS://NYTI.MS/33TAPFL  MARIEL PADILLA IS A REPORTER COVERING NATIONAL BREAKING NEWS FOR THE EXPRESS DESK, BASED IN NEW YORK. @MARIELPADILLA


(2) Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2013;0:1-6


(3) https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/diy-homemade-mask-protect-virus-coronavirus/ 

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