This Easter, Hunt for N95s Instead of Eggs!
This Easter, while the kids search for Easter eggs, search your house or business for N95 masks. What you find could save a life.
Please join the Every Hero Needs a Shield initiative to get personal protective equipment (PPE) into the hands that need them most.
As the nation faces this COVID-19 global pandemic, it’s clear that the necessary supplies and equipment for healthcare workers to help serve patients are in short supply. While many companies across the country are shifting manufacturing to expand our supply chain for critical items like ventilators, face shields and medications; finding and donating N95 masks is one way that the community can help local hospitals shore up the supply for critical PPE.
“It’s going to have to be all of us united to work together, bring our talents, bring the resources together.” Dr. Jose Sanchez, President and CEO of Norwegian American Hospital agreed on April 10, 2020, saying “In terms of addressing this pandemic, it’s going to be individuals like yourself and your organization to come together and help us out to mitigate the potential growth of this pandemic.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the general public use cloth face coverings in public settings like the grocery store or pharmacy, but the average American does not need an N95 respirator mask for these activities. The CDC urges that N95 respirator masks must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
Many N95 masks are used for home and building construction projects to prevent people from inhaling harmful dust and particles that are exposed during activities like demolition, sanding or insulation application. Typically, they are available at any home improvement or hardware store, and there are likely quite a few households and businesses that have these masks in their basement, garage or supply closet.
Some larger organizations have already donated found supplies of N95 masks, including the Washington National Cathedral recently discovered 5,000 unused N95s deep in the building’s crypt.
“Last Sunday, I found an unused N95 respirator mask in my basement still sealed in its original packaging. I sent an email to our neighborhood list-serve asking folks to check their storage areas for N95s they might have from a prior house project that went unused. I expected a handful of N95s to be sent my way. I got 68.” This was a neighborhood initiative started by Matt Castelli, Washington D.C. resident and part of the Every Hero Needs a Shield organizing group.
Where to Donate
People who join the Easter N95 Hunt initiative and find unused N95 masks can take them to their local hospital for donation.
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Every Hero Needs a Shield was started to address the shortage of PPE supplies in traditionally low-income and disadvantaged communities across the nation right now. Created by students in Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Executive MBA 120 class, it is driven by a desire to make an impact in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting frontline healthcare workers serving communities with the greatest need. We believe that by combining our talents and time, we have an opportunity to make a High Impact where it is needed most. For more information go to EveryHeroNeedsAShield.com.
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