Fashion Design Co-Chair Nick Verreos Encourages Designers To Make Masks in PPE Shortage
New York healthcare professionals (HCP) are in need of personal protective equipment (PPE), and FIDM Fashion Design Co-Chair Nick Verreos is stepping up. He offers an easy to follow step-by-step tutorial on how to make a facemask, to help out in the shortage hospitals across the country are facing, especially in New York. In his video, Nick simplifies the sewing process and shows where to send your homemade masks to help save doctors.
"While we're sheltered at home, we are really trying to do our best to support our medical community in light of the COVID-19 virus,” said Nick. “This video is a tutorial on how to make the face masks that are so desperately needed. These face masks are not meant to replace true surgical masks, but in these trying times, it's the best substitute especially when our country lacks supplies."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 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.” Now is the time for those with a sewing machine to join the fashion community in answering this call.
We encourage you to join in and be a positive voice in the fashion community, in these challenging times.
Masks can be sent to Masks4Medicine, C/O Nicole Seminara, MD, 240 East 38th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016.