All over the country, Americans are showing their appreciation for our nurses and healthcare professionals at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Indiana, dozens of healthcare workers at a local hospital found thank you notes waiting for them on their cars in the parking lot. On twitter, a campaign called #Solidarityat8 asked everyone to open their windows and doors at eight o’clock on this past Sunday and cheer for the nurses and doctors who are taking the fight to this pandemic.
Some Americans have been inspired to lug out their sewing machines and thread their needles. In an effort to help alleviate the PPE shortage being felt in hospitals and clinics all over the country, people young and old in places like Maine and Georgia have been organizing to produce homemade face masks for healthcare workers.
Hospitals are finding uses for them. Deaconess Health System in Evansville Indiana put out a request for sewn masks along with a how-to guide. JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores is encouraging its crafty patrons with a video guide to a making cotton face mask for healthcare workers.
Of course, these homemade masks are no replacement for the kind of protection we expect nurses and healthcare workers to have. Their best use is as an extra layer worn over medical grade masks to help prolong the life of the higher grade equipment.
We want our nurses and healthcare workers to have the protection they need. For more information on how to help with the shortage, check out PPE Link and #findthemasks. We hope this supply crisis is solved soon, and even those at their sewing machines hope their masks won’t be needed.
For now, their sewing is a way for them to cheer, to say that they are behind our healthcare heroes, and so are the notes in the parking lot, and shouting from windows. We are all cheering you on.