FIDM Grad Candice Cuoco Heeds Call For Homemade Face Masks for HCP
Hospitals treating COVID-19 patients across the globe are in desperate need of masks, gowns, and other personal protective equipment, and many designers and people who have access to sewing machines are heeding the call. FIDM Fashion Design Graduate Candice Cuoco is among them.
On her site, candicecuoco.com, she urges, “If you can make or have access to any of the above, please donate them to your local hospital, or to one of these community hospitals in California.”
We've posted on IGTV a video of Candice demonstrating how to make a mask. Please also visit her website for a list of California hospitals that are accepting donations.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has a section for health care personnel (HCP) use of homemade masks, which states, “In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”
Forbes.com published an article on Friday, “Calling All People Who Sew And Make: You Can Help Make Masks For 2020 Healthcare Worker PPE Shortage.” They recommend following the hashtags #millionmaskchallenge and #millionmaskmayday to find programs and projects around the U.S. and the world.
We know many of you in the FIDM community may have the capability to help make masks for medical professionals, so we wanted to pass along this information. We hope you are safe and healthy wherever you are, and we want to continue to inspire you during this challenging time.