WHAT WE ARE FEELING
As you all know by now, there’s a shortage of masks for medical workers. These workers are going into our hospitals to serve the public without adequate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). We have friends who are on respiratory units in the Detroit area and they are confirming the shortage and the need for something to supplement until they start getting what they need. One friend said they are currently working completely off of donated supplies. Amazon, Home Depot and many other sellers of N95 masks are now only selling to hospitals. This also means that there are no N95 masks for the general public.
WHAT WE ARE SEEING
As you also know, people are making fabric masks and donating them en masse to hospitals. The fabric mask itself is one line of defense but it doesn’t do nearly what an n95 mask would do. Virus particles can still move through the fabric rather easily. They have great benefits in making us not touch our faces but they don’t provide as much protection as we would hope. One of our friends working on a respiratory floor directly with Covid patients asked us for a mask with a pocket in it so some sort of filter media could be placed between the fabric layers. We made this style mask for this friend and others on their floor and this style was the preferred option in donated masks. They have begun to spread the word to their colleagues. We are getting requests from others in the local medical field to supply them with more of these as they wait for the national supply to catch up to hospital demand.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
One of the leaders on another respiratory floor reached out and asked to pay us to make these for them and their entire team. Guys!! Look!! How crazy is that?! These people are digging into their own pockets to protect themselves and their team. There’s no way we could take anything else from those who are giving so much.
Making Masks Free To Health Care Workers
We want to honor them so we are making the commitment to our friends fighting this on the front lines to make every mask that we can available at no cost to them.
Getting Masks To The General Public
We are giving you the DIY tutorial for how to make this from start to finish including where to source your materials for the filter media.
If you’re not the DIY type we are making these available for you to buy for yourself and your family. See the bottom of this page.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We've made a step-by-step tutorial for you to make your own masks. This includes everything from how to make your fabric mask to what material to use for the filter. Use this tutorial for yourself and for those you know who need it. CLICK HERE FOR THE TUTORIAL
One of our first non-medical requests that came in for masks was accompanied by additional “help someone else” funds that immediately provided masks for an entire shift of 12 nurses. Sensing everyone's heart to help, we asked our church to partner with us on this. They are already providing meals at multiple hospitals and finding wonderful ways to give. You can give directly to Mile City, making a designated contribution to the link below that will broaden our reach by making sure the most help gets out to our health care workers in the Detroit area. They are working with us to prioritize meeting the need for masks and, as national demand goes down with mask manufacturing catching up, Mile City will continue to give 100% of what is given to this fund directly to those working on the front lines of this pandemic. When you give you will be updated via email with what your contribution is accomplishing.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The device created as part of this publication should NOT be used as a replacement for conventional and approved Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”). The device has not been industry tested nor has it been NIOSH approved. The publication of this tutorial shall not constitute or be deemed to constitute any representation by the authors, their affiliates, and The Little Design Co LLC and is intended for educational purposes only. The decision to use this device is solely your own.
We emphasize that this device has not been assessed for its comparative efficacy to prevent nosocomial infection in health care workers compared with the standard-of-care, the N-95 mask.