Masking our Unsung Heroes during COVID-19
Surrey, B.C. – Showing incredible initiative, Anna Soriano purchased elastic and bolts of fabric then sewed dozens of face masks for the nurses, kitchen workers, care aides, dietary staff, and the housekeeping team at a long-term care home that recently reported a COVID-19 contamination. Her masks are made with fine weave fabric and offer some protection. Currently, there are worldwide shortages of medical equipment including disposable paper medical masks because they have become standard equipment for healthcare workers. As well, members of the public are wearing masks for their peace of mind.
When Anna delivered her gifts to the care home, the response was overwhelming. “They were so happy with the masks and I committed to making 100 more. Their thank you from the bottom of their hearts is more than enough to want me to sew more.”
One metre of fabric plus elastic costs Anna $7, which makes approximately 10 masks. Anna invites people to join her in making a difference. Please visit her Facebook page to donate for materials, to spread the word and/or to start your own mask-making effort. Paper and fabric masks help to reduce the spread of droplets that carry the coronavirus. This highly infectious virus has so far infected more than 900,000 people worldwide and the fatality rate is much higher than a typical flu, especially for the elderly. This is what motivated Anna to take action.
“It was important to me to help because staff at the care home are looking after our most vulnerable—our aging population.”
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