To distribute homemade masks within our Atlanta healthcare systems as safely and efficiently as possible. Utilizing Facebook as our main communications platform while creating a supply chain network to transport materials to sewists (as-needed) to create masks, designating drop-off locations for completed masks, and coordinating with facility contacts to redistribute masks
How can I help?
There are many ways you can help.
KIT RUNNERS: People to bring kits from drop off locations to seamsters in your area.
KIT MAKERS/DISTRIBUTION: People I can drop off raw materials to pre-cut for kits. Ideally you will have a porch location with a plastic covered bin that runners can grab kits from. I have bins coming today if you need one.
STATE OFFICIALS: We need humans who can get us approved for essential worker passes when the "shelter in place" occurs.
We have materials for about 30,000 kits right now ready to go. We are collecting all materials before the state goes on shutdown.
We have received around $3200 in funding so far, and we've spent all of that on mask making supplies. We will be asking for a second round of donations.
When we have the shutdown, we will be tightening our distribution chain and moving to shipping kits and masks if we have to. We are hoping we can get approval as essential workers from the state soon.
There’s many reasons these masks are desperately needed. They cover the N95 masks, extending their usefulness. Used alone, they still filter out more air droplets than nothing! Other germs didn’t stop hanging around once this started, lots of professionals are still required to wear masks (kitchens, factories, janitorial) and the more masks we have, the more people can do their best to stay healthy. Our Atlanta healthcare facilities have requested THOUSANDS!! of handmade masks and the requests keep coming. We are feeling a need in this time of crisis.
Mask: At LEAST 2 layers of: 100% cotton fabric, broadcloth, quilter’s cotton, cotton flannel, muslin, lightweight canvas, bedsheets PREWASH SO THEY DON’T SHRINK WHEN THEY’RE CLEANED!
Ties: elastic (1/16th or 1/8th" rope elastic or 1/4" flat elastic); twill tape, bias tape, cording, fabric ties) Optional: cotton flannel lining (like pj flannel, approx 8x6.5 to fit inside pocket); nose piece: 4" wire (floral/beading, trimmed pipe cleaner, easy to bend paper clips)
Should I make different sizes?
Yes. Our delivery team will be sorting them by style (fabric ties, elastic behind the head vs over the ears, pleats vs oval).
How do I get materials?
If you already have materials please use them! We are trying to get as much material as we can, as quickly as possible, to our volunteers. With our (we’re also volunteers!!) limited time and resources we cannot guarantee a delivery but we are trying our hardest. We also have a “donations” thread to see if you can acquire materials from those in your area. If you need materials please fill out our Volunteer/Donate form.
Where can I drop off my finished masks?
Volunteers don’t deliver the masks directly to the health care facilities, but to a contact with a plastic bleach-cleaned bin on their porch where hand sanitizer must be provided. They will be sterilized upon receipt by the facility coordinator. Label bags.
My friend’s friend is a nurse and she said don’t make the elastic ones.
We take requests/instructions *directly from the people getting the masks.* If there’s a certain way to do something, you’ll know. Masks with ties or elastic loops for behind the ear or the head are A-OK.
What does the CDC say?
HCP use of homemade masks:
In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of 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.
-Healthcare systems are reaching the "crisis" stage and are requesting in high demand.
Is there anything I have to do to sterilize them?
PREWASHING is mandatory before cutting your masks. You can wash afterward you completed your makes, but facilities will also be washing & sterilizing before first use. Since facilities will be washing their masks first you don’t have to fret about pet hair, but preferably don’t let “snowball” roll all around in it.
Can I decorate them with Sharpie? Puffy paint? Embroidery?
Please don’t, as any of these things could affect the protection or the approval of use by hospital staff.