Marina is a labor and delivery nurse at a hospital in Southern California. With the shortage of personal protective equipment for people working on the frontlines in the hospital, she says she decided to take matters into her own hands. 

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“We got a little group together, and because some of the hospitals have no more masks, or have very limited supplies, like ours, we’re rationing them. We’re reusing them,” she says. “We started sewing something that will go over the N95 to kind of, help, extend the life of that.”
 
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Ways Marina Say You Can Help:

 

  • Stay home and respect social distancing!
  • Donate any new, unopened personal protective equipment (PPE) - N95 masks, shoe covers, safety goggles, face shields, gloves.
  •  Sew and donate masks for healthcare workers.
  • Check with your nearest hospital for what they need and how to safely donate there.
  • 100 Million Mask Challenge - American Hospital Association: https://www.aha.org/100millionmasks 
  • Email Providence for donations of Personal Protective Equipment - covidsupplies@providence.org
  • Check in by text or phone with anybody you know who works at a hospital or first responder (RNs, MDs, respiratory therapists, surgical techs, nursing assistants, dietary aids, environmental cleaning staff, phlebotomists, firefighters, paramedics, etc.) and send them a little love and see if you can drop some type of PPE at their door (ask if they can get them to the people who really need them)
  • Donate directly to get Marina and her hospital co-workers personal protective equipment: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ppe-for-lampd?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

* Sewn masks offer a small amount of protection, nothing compared to N95 masks. They can be worn to help extend the life of hospital masks and with some filters when all other options for protection have run out.