Do you have spare respirators?
Healthcare workers are in need of 3M N95 and N100 cartridges for protection from COVID-19. If you have spares in your shop then please consider donating them to a local hospital, health authority, or first-responder group.
If you’re like me, sometimes you feel like there isn’t anything you can do to help brave medical professionals on the front lines fighting the coronavirus. Well, if you’re the type that buys in bulk, and you have extra dust masks, respirators, or respirator cartridges, consider yourself lucky. There is something significant you can do to help.
We recently received the following email from James Pring, a reader who works as a scientist.
Covid protection for healthcare workers needs a lot of those 3M N95 and N100 3M cartridges. If listeners have spares in their shop (new and unopened) then PLEASE consider donating to a local hospital, health authority, or first responder group. Supplies will become scarce and if you have spares, do something good with them.
I had heard that there was a run on respirators in the stores, but I didn’t know that there was a dire need in hospitals. After posting his message to our social media channels, the reaction from other medical professionals confirmed Mr. Pring’s sentiments.
There were a few questions asking if specific models or ratings were needed. At this time we’re not in a position to get into specifics, and I’d say it’s best to leave that up to your local medical professionals.
We’re all in this together, and let’s get the supplies to those who need them the most.
*3/21/20 update – The need is still real people. So real that CNN is reporting on James’ efforts to get the word out.