Sewers of the World: Help Healthcare Worker’s with the N95 Mask Shortage  

Hospitals and healthcare workers are experiencing a shortage of protective gear. More notably, the N95 masks.

If you have a sewing machine or even thread and a needle, here’s how you can help. Watch any of the DIY mask videos below and get to sewing. (See this article on which fabrics to use):

Next, distribute the mask(s) by trying any of the following:

1. Call your local hospital
Ask if you can donate protective masks. Needs are rapidly changing everyday so call again in a few days if this isn't the case at the time. Try asking if they can direct you to a local facility that might need the masks.

2. Reach out to existing mask distribution coordinators
There are several people coordinating the collection and distribution of masks. 

Holly Figueroa O'Reilly
Twitter: @AynRandPaulRyan
Email (bwcs2020@protonmail) or text her (240-844-2514) for a collection address.

Karen Booth
Twitter: @karenbooth
Fill out Karen’s form here to help get matched locally.

3. Donate to your neighbords, particularly the elderly
At the very least, if neither of these options are a successful, donate to your neighbors, particularly the elerly.

Note: According to the CDC, DIY masks are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE) since the ability to protect healthcare personnel (HCP) is unknown. However if face masks are not available, HCP may use homemade masks to care for patients with COVID-19 as a last resort.

"Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face."

Follow #millionmaskchallenge, #millionmaskmayday, and #GetMePPE for live updates.

Additional resources

Cambrige University Report | Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?
Health.com | Doctors Are Pleading for People to Donate PPE Gear—Here's How You Can Help
Forbes | Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage 
Smart Air Filters | What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?
Facebook Group | Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies