Masks for our Healthcare Heros

A few weeks ago, some women in Waldwick started an effort to create and send masks to healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Johanna Laliberte, Pat Laliberte and Tami Moses’ started by delivering homemade masks to Valley Hospital in Ridgewood and then branched out to other local healthcare facilities.

My niece is a nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and I spoke with her about how these masks are being used, as I know that to keep the COVID-19 virus out needs special equipment. It turns out these masks are very helpful in a number of ways:

  • Worn over surgical masks to prolong the life of a surgical mask
  • Provided to patients with no immune systems at all where even a common cold could kill them
  • Reminding people not to touch their faces
  • Providing a less scary look than surgical masks, which is great in a children’s hospital

When my sister-in-law, my wife, and daughter decided to lend and hand I obviously had an important role to play…I filmed them !! (Honestly, I’m surprised they put with me sometimes). Here’s the result of those efforts:

At the time of writing this, the CDC is now recommending people wear cloth masks in public, so the more of these we have in circulation the better off we will be.

My wife and daughter have, so far, completed about 80 masks. Anyone who wants to provide a donation or help with sewing is asked to contact Johanna on Facebook .

As for our healthcare heroes. I can’t thank them enough at this time. They really are on the front line of this war and putting themselves in harm’s way each day.

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