‘We’re Doing What We Can’: How a Makeshift Network Is Filling in the Gaps with Medical Supplies

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A shortage of necessary medical supplies like face masks has engaged a broad coalition of helpers, from those at home with just a sewing machine and fabric to public libraries with 3D printers.

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This post originally appeared on Route Fifty. It has been republished with permission.

In nearly every corner of the country, nurses and doctors are reporting critical shortages of the very basic equipment they need to protect them from Covid-19: masks, gloves and face shields.

Calls for help from medical professionals, spread widely on social media, have been met with a staggering number of people asking what they can do—and now, the task is to get them organized.

The end product? A makeshift network of makerspaces, production studios and ordinary people with sewing machines and 3D printers in their garages. 

The handmade alternatives to personal protective…

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