Calling on riveters in our nation’s fight against COVID-19 – R. Riveter

As the healthcare system in the U.S. is strained to manage the current crisis — facing surge capacity of patients — many healthcare workers do not have the proper personal protection equipment (PPE) available to them. PPE such as N95 face masks, is absolutely critical to keeping our healthcare workers on the front lines safe; yet this gear is widely unavailable to them due to widespread purchasing of these items by consumers.

The CDC has outlined that in a crisis situation, when approved PPE masks are not available, healthcare workers may resort to a handmade mask as a last resort or use a mask cover. Millions of handmade masks and covers are now needed. R.Riveter is calling anyone who knows how to sew or has access to raw materials to be a modern day Rosie the Riveter and contribute to the cause.

R.Riveter is has provided a template to make a homemade mask cover to donate to healthcare systems, essential workers, or anyone that may be at increased risk and is asking anyone with the skillset to make these masks or supplies needed to produce them to join the movement.

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