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BarbaraKobzik

URGENT - PLEASE READ: Help sewing masks and protective gowns please

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Hello,

As you all know, missing equipment like masks and protective gowns for health workers are a huge issue during the current corona virus (COVID19) crisis. Most of us skydivers have patched their jumpsuits and stuff in the past and know how to operate a sewing machine, or just needle and threat. We need as many masks and gowns as possible - and as soon as possible.

The Johns Hopkins University (who I work for) is working on a design for both and on plans what material to use. It should be ready in a few days.

  • Are there volunteers 
    • to help with the prototype testing right now
    • to start mass producing (whatever you can so) masks after receiving instructions
  • Are there gear/jumpsuit manufacturers who are interested in doing this commercially for a while?
  • Can somebody of you provide a list of all / most / many manufacturers of gear, jumpsuits, repair shops etc. so that I can contact them directly? 

Obviously, this is a pretty urgent request. If you can help in any way, please send me an email to 

HelpSewingMasks@gmail.com.

You might receive a reply either from that address or from my Johns Hopkins address.

Please forward this request in any way you think it might be helpful.

Thank you all, I really hope the skydive community can step up here and help with a task that is extremely important for all of us. I hope you are all hanging in there and deal well with the social distancing and all other things we have to get used to for a while.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and all the best!

Barbara

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