There are many resources that are looking into the efficacy of home sewn masks during the shortage of medical grade masks usually provided to protect Health Care Providers (HCPs), you can find some resources here, here, here, here, here, or here!
SBAMQG has received two specific requests for masks and we are asking for your help to fulfill these requests.
Current Updates (updated 3/27/2020)
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|# of masks delivered||# in progress||# of masks still needed|
|Request #1||48||34||finish any in progress, but we have met our current need|
|Request #2||8||no status avail||many more|
|Hart’s Fabric||yes||Yes||–||Hart’s Fabric reached out through Tina and would like to contribute to the mask making cause. We will be making arrangements for a pick up later this week.|
|Lori Green||1/4″ black – 288 yards||–||–||Lori will leave elastic at Pat’s pick up spot. Take what you need for this purpose.|
|Sarah Eblen||yes, lots avail.||–||–||Sarah has offered elastic when the stash at Pat’s runs out|
|Kathy Howard||1/8″ – 40 yards||–||–||If you need thinner elastic, contact Kathy.|
|Darlene Talukder||–||–||my daughter has many paper clips||I’ll leave a box at Pat’s the next time I pick up there. contact me at dartal6@gmail if you need a delivery|
Styles: The masks are two different styles based on what has been requested. Request #1 is for a shaped style which can be worn with or without an insert and Request #2 is for a pleated style which does allow for an insert but also provides a minimum of two layers in the body of the mask.
Elastic: The elastic requirements are very specific and may dictate which style of mask you can make. Elastic is in short supply at many online resources. We will have more information about elastic soon. Use what you have at home for now. If any of you have large stashes you are willing to share, let us know. The patterns have an option for ties; ties are not preferred by HCPs, but work if you don’t have elastic.
Request # 1 Shaped Masks
Request #2 Rectangular Masks
“As you may know, my daughter, works as a nurse anesthetist at the Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center (KSCMC). The center is being set up as Kaiser’s NorCal primary coronavirus testing and treatment center. She said the numbers of patients are increasing rapidly. And supplies are already in very short supply. To be honest, since she is pregnant, I’ve begged her to take medical leave, especially since the safety gear is in such short supply. She insists on being there to help – like others on the front line.She sent out a very urgent plea for face masks for the medical workers Each health care provider was each issued only one N95 mask. They are desperately seeking face masks that can be used over their N95 masks.I tried many different ways to make face masks and this is the easiest that I found:YouTube video: https://youtu.be/S9RWII2-5_4 [see alterations below]There are many other YouTube face mask vids that you may prefer. I chose this one above for the ease of making it for mass production, relatively speaking.If you follow the directions in the video, it is SUPER easy. However, at least near me, it impossible to buy elastic as the fabric stores are all closed. And Amazon cannot deliver the elastic bands for weeks. So these are my modifications…also to meet my daughter’s request via the anesthesiologists’ needs. They need these masks to function as covers over their ONE issued N95 masks.”