Feeling helpless while at home under lockdown? If you have a sewing machine, you can help by sewing face-masks.
“Dr. Bruce Spiess, a Dr. of Anesthesiology at University of Florida Health came up with the idea and explained. “They come back from the sterilizer wrapped in an impervious material which then the scrub nurses or scrub techs unwrap and they throw out the material. Last Thursday night in the middle of the night at 2 am I woke up and said hey that impervious material might have the right properties to filter bacteria and microparticles.”
Now, with the help of anyone who is willing to sew, Dr. Bruce Spiess says he will start using that protective material to make face-masks.
The masks are expected to be more effective than the currently used n-95 masks, something the doctor hopes others will catch on to. “I hope every hospital does what we are doing here in Gainesville which is to reach out to the community, and every hospital has a grassroots development of people who are going to sew and feed them back the masks they need for their first responders.”
TV20’s Landon Harrar reported, “in one day alone, UF Health Shands surgeons throw away around 600 to 1000 sheets of the material for masks like this one here. Now they’re saving every little bit they can.
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