This blog post began in March as a diary-in-progress as the call to make face masks emerged.
It now has a menu:
- Click here to download our mask pattern
- Diary posts have been moved, click here to read.
- Buy a mask, give a mask: please contribute to the project
Update: as of May 14, all donation masks worked on now are headed to existing front-line relationships.
If you need masks for your facility, though, please still contact us. Our project is just one very small piece of a much larger community of help. We have cobbled together a small local network of similar mask projects and might be able to help.
Keep reading below for more info and how every community member can help.
ANYONE CAN HELP! Diligent hand-washing, social distancing and self-quarantine are considered the most effective measures for ordinary citizens.
It is important to note that cloth masks do not replace N95 or other industry-manufactured medical masks. We are told to wear them in public, but statistics on fabric mask efficacy are hard to come by. They vary from maker to maker based on the materials we have on hand.
What cloth masks ARE good for in medical environments is filling in gaps—we are told they are better than nothing. Nurses have reported using them OVER medical masks to protect/extend the use of a rationed supply. Any mask provides a barrier from someone's talking, coughs and sneezes. There may be non-medical personnel working in health care facilities who could be saving the safest gear for the doctors and nurses, but should have a mask. Using donated masks for these reasons allows us to save and store the more protective industry-made masks to be ready for the most high-risk tasks.
Cloth donated masks may be the only choice left when other masks are simply not available.