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It is the volunteers who will save us

Lacking a national plan, small groups of volunteers are pulling together to do incredible things.

There is a group on Cape Cod that started making face shields and have created thousands of them at no cost to the government or to the healthcare workers they are delivering them to. Incredible article below.

More than 40 Cape Codders are helping front-line emergency and healthcare workers by creating face shields with their 3D printers.

Nearly 2,000 of the shields have been made and distributed to Cape Cod Healthcare, local first responders and other healthcare workers. The shields, consisting of a plastic visor and a sheet of clear plastic that covers the face, is one part of the personal protective equipment worn by nurses and others treating COVID-19 patients. It helps cover the eyes and face and acts as a supplement to face masks worn over the mouth and nose.

The effort is being coordinated by the Cape Cod Makers, a nonprofit group of hobbyists who run the Launchpad, a makerspace at the Harwich Cultural Center. Member Mike Looney, director of career and technical education at the Mashpee schools, was contacted by a co-worker who had a relative working at Cape Cod Hospital to ask if he could use the school's 3D printers to help with protective gear. After reviewing information online, Looney decided to look into making face shields. He reached out to a friend off Cape who was making them, and enlisted his fellow makers to see if there was a realistic way to scale up production.

Posted by bottomofthehill | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 09:56 PM (4 replies)
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