From Harvard alumni Ben Wei, Christina Traugott, & Jonathan Chu:
NYC hospitals are running out of supplies for NYC frontline workers -- Doctors, Nurses & healthcare staff who are treating COVID-19 patients. In Italy, 1 in every 10 Coronavirus cases are healthcare workers. The head of Italy’s medical association died of Cornavirus last Tuesday night, 3/10, because he had to continue to see infected patients without a mask. We must not let what happened in Italy happen to our healthcare workers.
Our friends who are working in NYC’s most active emergency rooms have messaged us telling us that they are already caring for Coronavirus patients without any masks, because there is a shortage. Some have told us that they are most likely sick with Coronavirus, but there aren’t enough tests for them to get a definitive answer. We have started this fundraising campaign to secure medical masks, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to the healthcare workers who need it most.
As New Yorkers, we can’t just sit around and watch -- we’re fighters. We spoke with medical professionals and hospital administrators to identify that their greatest needs are masks. Due to strong personal & professional relationships, we are able to secure a large supply of N95 & surgical masks from certified equipment manufacturers to be shipped to NYC.
All donations will go directly into the purchase and delivery of N95 masks, surgical masks, and Personal Protective Equipment for frontline healthcare workers in NYC’s busiest Emergency Rooms and Intensive Care Units. We already have doctors waiting for these masks at all the major hospitals in the NYC area. They have told us that their hospitals have either run out of masks or are asking them to reuse the ones they have, which creates major health risks.
More info here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/a-million-masks-coronavirus-support-fund