Coronavirus: MyPillow Is Making Hospital Masks To Help With Pandemic
MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a very outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, is leading the way in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic by directing his company to manufacture face masks for hospitals.
Though MyPillow didn’t respond with a statement immediately, it is likely the company is set to join companies like 3M and Honeywell in producing the millions of N95 respirator masks needed to protect nurses, doctors, and other health care workers as they treat patients with COVID-19 better known as the Chinese coronavirus.
MyPillow made the
announcement with the simple Tweet:
Healthcare workers are begging for N95 respirator masks, which are short in dangerously supply. The N95 respirator mask offers a snugger fit than less adequate surgical masks and provides superior protection from airborne pathogens like COVID-19.
Apple CEO Tim Cook
recently said his company intends to donate millions of face masks to the U.S.
and Europe, tweeting:
“Our teams at Apple have been
working to help source supplies for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19. We’re donating millions of
masks for health professionals in the US and Europe. To every one of the heroes
on the front lines, we thank you.”
Peter Gaynor told ABC News earlier this week that FEMA was “in the midst of
shipping from the national stockpile. However, This Week ABC tweeted:
“Pressed on when the national stockpile of masks will be distributed to health care systems, FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor tells @martharaddatz ‘it is happening,’ without offering a concrete timeline or quantity currently shipped.”
Infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told Health that the N95 respirator is THE recommended face mask for health professionals, due to is capacity filter out very small particles that may contain the virus.
The Food and Drug
Administration says the N95 is designed to achieve “achieve a very close
facial fit” and if fitted properly, blocks “at least 95%” of
airborne pathogens. While the N95 masks don’t completely eliminate the risk of
illness, they are the best protection available for protection from COVID19.
Dr. Adalja cautioned the masks “are not highly effective for the general public, who often don’t wear them correctly.” He stressed that the public’s demand for N95 respirators could create “supply problems for those who actually need them.”
Adaljastated, “There is no situation in which a face mask might provide increased protection to the general public, even during air travel.”
MyPillow is avoiding
the supply problem by supplying face masks only to the health care community.
For now, the American public should thank MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for his contribution and forgo the use of masks. Americans should instead focus on more effective preventative measures, such as covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with warm water.
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