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A COVID 19 COMMUNITY PROJECT

MASKS FOR AT-RISK INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITY STAFF

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.

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OUR GOAL
FTC MASKS BY MAY 15

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.

Project Team

Project Lead + Best Practices
Susan Scott Gabe
S Gabe & Associates

Planning
Audrey Ple + Irving Ozier
Magenta Marketing

Mask Designer and Production
Lynne Gray

Communications + Creative Design
Joyce Ozier

Volunteer Coordinator
Anne Rowland

Logistics and Distribution
Myrna Leslie

Adult Education
Shauna Butterwick

Treasurer
Tim Wyman

Website
Teresa Beere Johnson
Eco-Masks

Advisory Panel

Research & Evaluation
Virginia Flintoft

Manufacturing & Production
Nancy Lord

 

Medical
David Hunt

Community Outreach
Lulu Leathley

 

Project Goal

FTC MASKS

BY MAY 15, 2020

Sponsors

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