Though most parts of the world are under lockdown and are advised to maintain social distancing, the internet is helping all of us to stay together and fight against this trying time. However, many people are using the internet as their refuge and some of us are using it as a platform to participate and serve even at our littlest abilities to make an improvement in the on-going global pandemic. Hannah Rosenblatt and her family are one of them.
This family of two surgeons and three young adults of remarkable educational background have come forward to mitigate the shortage of surgical masks by trying to produce some of them at their own home. It all started when the Northeastern University requested students to stay at home based on the public health guidelines and Hannah came back to her family with two more siblings, one from Columbia University and the other from Cambridge. While they were waiting for their father, a surgeon, to return home watching the news channel, he arrived and asked them to find three women to sew masks as there is a shortage of masks which is “putting lives at risk”. The whole family decided to join in the action.
Rosenblatt and her siblings were no good at sewing so they started to look on the internet and put out a string of outlets to recruit women adept in needlework while their parents, both surgeons tapped their acquaintances for a favour. To surprise all of them, the applicants’ number reached three thousand only in one day. To further meet the response, the Rosenblatt siblings created a Facebook page, named ‘Mask for Massachusetts’ and provided instructions on sewing masks, the list of hospitals that accepted masks and updates on fabric testing.
The Rosenblatt family attempted this venture to produce tested and effective masks that, although might not cease the spread of the coronavirus but will be useful in other procedures to conserve the supply of N95 mask.