What are people’s thoughts on us forming a fabric mask-making cell and distributing these throughout the community? The purpose and rationale as follows.
a) Support front-line health workers by providing an alternative to medical masks so people don’t buy and use up much-needed medical-grade N95 masks that are in too short supply for the doctors on the front-lines. I just spoke to a GP friend and they only have 20 N95 masks in their clinic of 6 doctors. They are meant to use a new mask every patient. I have seen messages from others I know that nurses in ICU treating Covid-19 patients have NO protective gear at all.
b) These masks will help people stop touching their face when out in public. Contagion mainly happens when people tough a surface contaminated with droplets, then their contaminated hands come in contact with their bodily fluids eg eyes, nose, mouth. If people wear these when in public then wash their hands (and the mask) as soon as they are home, they reduce the risk of infection. Every act helps but no single act is a silver bullet.
c) If someone is sick and sneezes or coughs with a mask on, fewer droplets will land on other people or surfaces. I spoke to a check-out worker at Aldi yesterday and asked how her day was. She said “ok, but someone just coughed all over me”.
d) They will send a clear visual signal that this is serious and we all need to take precautions. A lot of people are not taking this thing seriously enough.
What these masks won’t do is completely stop airborne transmission. Only staying away from other people will address this. They also shouldn’t be worn for long periods of time as breathing is more difficult and should be washed after returning home every time.
We could print XR logos on them, or some of them… Or not… Thoughts?
Negative press - esp if XR logo is on. eg Murdoch headline “Extinction rebellion selling fake masks, claims will save lives” or “Extinction Rebellion contaminates community with infected masks” etc. Would need to work with / speak with media and messaging crew to manage this.
Either send bundles to XR local groups who organise their own distribution or we focus on the wider community. Not sure how…
TO RISKY? Alternately, we could run a social media campaign how to make your own and why to wear them. (I did purchase loads of material though in case we do look at making them and distributing)