What is the Flatten the Curve Handmade Masks Project?
In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, a group of healthcare professionals and industry experts have committed to manufacture homemade face coverings.
Our goal is to provide at-risk individuals, staff working in medical clinics, hospices and home support agencies, where access to approved personal protection equipment (PPE) is limited, with masks.
An ambitious goal
Our pilot goal is to distribute 2,000 FTC masks by May 15, 2020, or sooner. Masks are needed immediately for at-risk individuals—so the sooner we start producing, the sooner we get them into the hands of those who need them. Following our pilot project, we’ll set a new more ambitious goal.
The benefits of handmade masks
In recent weeks well-respected researchers have recommended that in the absence of PPE hospital standard surgical masks (N-95) respirators, handmade masks will reduce the transmission of the virus. Flatten the Curve Handmade Masks (FTC Masks) do not meet PPE standards, and there is no assurance that a mask such as this will offer full protection from COVID-19. However, research indicates that the use of a homemade mask will limit exposure if the user encounters a contact or is a carrier of COVID-19.
What design is best?
We know there are many different patterns and designs—a Google search brings up pages of them. The selection process involved our designer producing 100 masks and testing them with local health professionals. Based on global research (including studies from Cambridge, San Francisco, and Stirling universities), best practices, and the preferred mask of our local health care professionals, we have selected a simple pleated, three-layered mask that hooks behind both ears.
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