Coronavirus

How DIY Face Masks Are Filling Gaps for Desperate Hospitals

As hospitals battling coronavirus face shortages of surgical masks and other personal protective equipment, volunteers across the country are working to help meet those desperate needs. The CDC has said healthcare professionals may use homemade masks as a last resort when surgical masks are not available. So, from 3D printing to sewing, volunteers are getting creative to help protect those on the front lines of the crisis. Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas is turning to local seamstresses to help fill its shortage of surgical masks. And in Calabasas, California, Jeremy Reitman has converted his garage into a small 3D printing factory to make reusable face shields. It was once a hobby; now he’s operating 20 printers to produce 300 shields a day. Dozens of medical facilities across the country have signed up for his support.