Designers are eager to make masks and gowns for health care workers on the front lines of COVID-19, but these must meet specific requirements to be useful. Here’s how they can make a difference right now.
Designers are eager to make masks and gowns for health care workers on the front lines of COVID-19, but they don’t know what materials to use or where to focus their efforts. Here’s how they can make a difference right now.
Around the time my story was published, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also put outFiguring out what qualifies as the “right” materials was the missing link. After days of research, Siriano is now making washable masks for hospital personnel—not doctors or nurses. His team confirmed these masks are not medical grade, and are recommended for lower-risk staff and administrators who are not in contact with COVID-19 patients. Jonathan Cohen told me he couldn’t find substantive information about medical-grade materials he should use, and since he doesn’t have his own factory, he does not have the connections or capital to place massive orders for a supply of medical fabric. There’s also the issue of FDA regulations and sterility; masks typically arrive at hospitals with a stack of paperwork and certifications. Brittany Howard, who owns the
Understandably, it’s all creating a bit of confusion. Designers want to help and have piles of unused fabric in their studios, but my research—and my conversations with New York doctors and nurses—suggests health care workers won’t have much use for DIY fabric masks. As Siriano likely learned, a fabric mask can block out fluids, but it cannot protect you from airborne particles or viruses, particularly one as contagious as the coronavirus. In fact, even a proper, FDA-approved surgical mask can’t do that: The CDC
Small designers shouldn’t be deterred from trying to help, either. They can purchase N95s and donate them to hospitals, or they can support new platforms like Mask a Hero or Mask Match, which are collecting N95s to give to hospital workers. Pyer Moss’s Kerby Jean-Raymond has transformed his studio into a donation center for N95s and other medical supplies. (This writer is also working on collecting N95s from the global fashion community—call me!) These initiatives exist because there are, in fact, tons of N95s out there—they just aren’t in the right hands. The shortage partly comes down to the millions of regular citizens who purchased N95s in January and February, leaving few for the medical professionals who really need them.
need to wear an N95 mask. In fact, the CDC says you don’t need to wear a mask at all, but if wearing one makes you feel safer—or inhibits you from touching your face—go with a fabric mask or bandana.The CFDA echoed these sentiments, and has been working closely with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to gather information and resources for designers. “The various forms of fabric masks that the industry and everyday Americans are making cannot protect medical professionals as much as the N95 and KN95 masks,” Cal McNeil, a program manager at the CFDA, insists. “The phrase ‘anything is better [than nothing]’ is only valid to a point, so I think considering a shift to produce other PPE [personal protective equipment] products that can end up in the hands of hospitals and keep their front-line workers the safest should take precedence.”
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