As hospitals and health care facilities run low on face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, Joann Fabrics is chipping in to help.
Beginning today, Joann is giving away free pieces of fabric, elastic and other necessary materials to customers at stores across the country so they can make masks to donate to hospitals in need. Customers can pick up kits with all the needed materials curbside. Open Joann stores will serve as collection points; the idea is to craft masks at home and drop off completed masks at open stores, Insider reported.
Additionally, Joann is working with larger hospitals and medical facilities to provide essential materials including fabric, elastic and clear vinyl.
According to Insider, amidst the coronavirus crisis, doctors and nurses are running short on N95 masks, which protect against virus transmissions. In some cases, medical workers have been forced to sanitize and reuse their masks, going against CDC guidelines, while others have resorted to using scarves or bandanas to protect their faces.
The coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, has infected over 372,000 people globally and resulted in more than 16,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data. In the U.S., over 41,000 people have been sickened, with the death toll climbing above 500 as of today.