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I CONTINUE TO SEW COTTON MASKS FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND LONG-TERM CARE COMMUNITIES TO HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

 

Since mid-March, I have sent nearly 1000 masks to Connecticut hospitals, long-term care facilities, midwives, hospice nurses, emergency response teams stationed in hot zone areas throughout the country, veterinarians, delivery workers (including the entire New Britain USPS staff), and community volunteer groups offering services for immuno-compromised individuals who cannot safely leave their homes.

As states re-open public spaces, individuals are asked to do their part in protecting public health by wearing masks when engaged in unavoidable public activities (such as working at essential jobs, as well as occasional tasks like buying groceries and medications).

I am now selling two styles of masks to individuals to minimize the spread of the virus. Even the simplest surgical style of mask, using two layers of high-quality quilting-weight cotton, has been shown to be effective in slowing the spread of Coronavirus. The filter-ready masks can have any HEPA-certified 0.3-micron filter slipped inside the lining and easily replaced. Your purchases help to fund materials for my ongoing donations.

Cotton masks alone are absolutely NOT effective barriers against Coronavirus, but they do provide some droplet barrier in low-risk contact situations, and they serve as pretty effective reminders to keep your hands off your face. The combination of proper mask use with sustained social distancing is an effective one-two punch against this pandemic.

CDC MASK GUIDELINES

  1. Wearing a mask does NOT replace social distancing. STAY HOME. Masks are only for essential work or errands like groceries. Otherwise STAY HOME.

  2. A cloth mask will not prevent virus particles from going through, but it can prevent you from expelling liquid droplets that may be contagious to others. Since we know cases may be asymptomatic or mild, this will help decrease spread. However, to protect yourself you still need at least 6 feet or more during essential outings, frequent hand washing, and no face touching.

  3. Do not touch mask while you are wearing it. It negates the use of it. If you do, wash your hands before touching anything else.

  4. Remove your mask as soon as you are home and wash it after every use. Wash your hands before touching anything else.

  5. Children under 2 should not wear a face mask. This is not safe for them per CDC.

  6. Remember that masks do not replace social distancing. STAY HOME. Refer to Rule #1.

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