If you’re like me, sometimes you feel like there isn’t anything you can do to help brave medical professionals on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. Well, if you’re the type that buys in bulk, and you have extra dust masks, respirators, or respirator cartridges, consider yourself lucky. There is something significant you can do to help.
We recently received the following email from James Pring, a reader who works as a scientist.
Covid protection for healthcare workers needs a lot of those 3M N95 and N100 3M cartridges. If listeners have spares in their shop (new and unopened) then PLEASE consider donating to a local hospital, health authority, or first responder group. Supplies will become scarce and if you have spares, do something good with them.
I had heard that there was a run on respirators in the stores, but I didn’t know that there was a dire need in hospitals. After posting his message to our social media channels, the reaction from other medical professionals confirmed Mr. Pring’s sentiments.
There were a few questions asking if specific models or ratings were needed. At this time we’re not in a position to get into specifics, and I’d say it’s best to leave that up to your local medical professionals.
We’re all in this together, and let’s get the supplies to those who need them the most.
*3/21/20 update – The need is still real people. So real that CNN is reporting on James’ efforts to get the word out.
Note from GBA: This is a repost from FineWoodworking.com. We are currently looking into options for donations and we will add more information is we find an straightforward opportunities for you to donate. If you have helpful information, please share in the comments below. Thanks everyone.
Update from Mark Bartosik:
Update from Zephyr7:
Another article with lots of options to donate personal protective equipment (PPE):
Check out this article from CBS News. It includes lots of opportunities to donate your PPE.
Update from Mark Bartosik:
From the Bloomberg business insider article is appears that the N95 (often made by 3M) disposable mask is the most useful/needed.
GBA: It maybe a good idea to update the photo to a simple white 3M N95 disposable mask (shown right). As that’s what’s needed more than the P100 mask you currently have in the picture.
More links for donating:
Update from Kevin Henry:
If there are no local facilities requesting donations you can also use mask-match.com. They will pair you directly with a health care provider who needs masks, and you just drop them in the mail. I did this with my woodworking N95 respirators and the process was straightforward.