During these times of stress and turbulence, many of us are wondering how we can help. Rosie Sews, a nationwide volunteer effort, is offering one way we can do so from our homes during quarantine – making masks for medical workers without other options due to supply shortages, at-risk community members and essential workers.
According to Rosie Sews website, “In an effort to help curb medical supply shortages as we battle COVID19, we’re requesting seamstresses, makers and manufacturers to make masks and other supplies for use by medical professionals, at-risk community members and essential workers including postal workers, grocery store workers, manufacturing personnel (and more).”
They continue, “Homemade masks are not preferred to professional, medical grade n95 respirators or surgical masks. However, the CDC does state homemade masks may be considered as a last resort (‘better than no protection’). We are saddened to report that many medical personnel are already experiencing shortages so severe they are turning to the community to help make masks.”
Rosie Sews is coordinating home-made small batch efforts, as well as mass production efforts – converting maker spaces across the nation into supply production sites.