I want to call everyone to action in doing our part to help one another during these anxious times. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven individuals to stock up on much needed supplies. Yet more than ever, now is the time to be compassionate to each other. We need to share our resources, maintain our six feet distance, wash our hands diligently, and clean our surfaces.
As reported by CNN, the shortage in masks have forced many healthcare workers on the frontlines to risk their lives by opting for bandanas, reusing personal protection equipment (PPE), or not wearing any protective facial covering at all. I first heard about PPE shortages from Dr. Mike, a family medicine doctor, who went on a search for N95 masks to donate to healthcare professionals. However, he received only half of the product from exploitative individuals, revealing a practice where predatory people buy up stockpiles of supplies to make a profit during emergencies. But on the other side of the spectrum, the best in people truly come out. Many volunteers in the community are coming together to sew masks for healthcare workers to provide additional protection for N95s, so the masks can last longer.
I hope that in doing my part to help Jezuba distribute these hand-sewn face mask, I’m bolstering our community support for healthcare workers. They may not N95 face masks, but they can still provide some protection for our community and help flatten the curve. Please consider wearing a face mask when you leave your home for essential errands.
We encourage you to contact us if your community needs face mask donations. If you are able to donate, please consider donating to Jezuba. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your tax-deductible donation will be used to acquire materials for the face masks, scale up production, and distribute them to our medical communities and the general public.
Content Strategy Intern
credit: National Nurses United