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Scientific American

Sophie Bushwick

20 April 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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As U.S. hospitals face a shortage of personal protective equipment during the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, creatives and engineers across the nation have begun a DIY movement to help create back up surgical masks. ...

The New York Times

Alyson Stamos

Meiying Wu

17 April 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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An informal awareness campaign led by Chinese Hospital in San Francisco's Chinatown has played a prominent role in helping to keep the spread of COVID-19 cases to a minimal in the community. Working with local health ...

The Oregonian

Samantha Swindler

16 April 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A collective of activists and anti-fascists named PopMob has transitioned from protesting right-wingers to producing hand sanitizer. They are working in collaboration with another group called The Rosehip Medic Collec...

Anchorage Daily News

Marc Lester

15 April 2020

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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A group of three women Alaskan women banded together on Facebook to rally sewers across the state to sew masks for Alaska's front-line workers during COVID-19. Their Facebook group includes tutorials, outreach, and cu...

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Emma Reynolds

15 April 2020

London, England, United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, a grassroots network called Scrub Hub is gathering groups of volunteers to sew scrubs for hospital workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The groups are self-organizing, raising money on their ...

The Cap Times

Natalie Yahr

15 April 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Innovation labs, makerspaces, and fabrication laboratories are just a few of the entities that helping to address the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals by creating face shields and masks. In Madis...

Los Angeles Times

Gustavo Arellano

13 April 2020

Santa Ana, California, United States

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The owners of an iconic pomade and Chicano hipster fashion manufacturing factory in Santa Ana, California have made the switch to hand sanitizer manufacturing in an attempt to reemploy furloughed employees during the ...

The New York Times

Tiffany Hsu

11 April 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Battelle labs in rural Ohio is decontaminating n95 masks for health care workers as personal protective equipment remains in short supply amidst COVID-19. Granted emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Adminis...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Zak Podmore

10 April 2020

Towaoc, Colorado, United States

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The Ute Mountain Ute people have enacted a number of COVID-19 preventative measures for the tribe. These include implementing a curfew, transforming their casino into a food distribution hub and lodging for first resp...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ellen Coulter

10 April 2020

Tasmania, Australia

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To replace lost business and keep their employees on staff, Tasmanian businesses quickly diversified into new product lines to meet COVID-19-related demand. A camera accessories firm that saw nearly all of its sales t...

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Kristi Eaton

9 April 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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A nonprofit in Tulsa that used to teach immigrant and refugee women sewing skills as a means of income has pivoted to producing masks for the community instead. Even after the quarantine was imposed, the women who had...

The Guardian

Rachel Hall

9 April 2020

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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In the UK, universities are playing a role in containing the coronavirus and helping communities cope by creating innovative solutions and using of technology to expand access. From converting shipping containers into...

WCBS-TV

Carolyn Gusoff

8 April 2020

Long Island City, New York, United States

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Skiers and snowboarders are donating their used snow goggles to be repurposed as personal protective equipment during the coronavirus. Helping to address a need nationwide, the snow-sport community is "providing an in...

Knox Pages

Cheryl Splain

8 April 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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Early and rapid collaboration to create new supply chains improves emergency response times. In Knox County, Ohio, manufacturers began working with the Knox Community Hospital to mobilize 3-D printers and offer a shor...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

8 April 2020

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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People in Jackson, Wyoming with access to 3D printers are teaming up and building face shields for the local hospital to help protect the frontline workers from contracting Covid-19. Although the shields aren't the sa...

Ashland Source

Tracy Leturgey

7 April 2020

Ohio, United States

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In Ashland County, Ohio, approximately 20 owners of 3-D printers are manufacturing face shields for employees at area nursing homes and hospitals, and plan to shift production for retail and restaurant workers too. Th...

Grady Newsource

Jack Binder

7 April 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Citizens across Northeast Georgia are participating in grassroots community efforts to help supply masks for health workers. A Facebook group called, "Mask Making for Athens Area Healthcare Workers," is providing guid...

CNN

David Williams

7 April 2020

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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By recruiting friends and community members, volunteers were able to repair thousands of protective masks. Having been in storage, a large collection of N95 masks had had the elastic dry rot while the filters remained...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A group of University of Pennsylvania alums are working together to combine their skills and knowledge to make 3-D printed NIH-approved face shields for healthcare workers to use during the coronavirus pandemic. After...

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Ana Lidia García

6 April 2020

Havana, Cuba

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In Havana, Cuba, the city's seamstresses quickly pivoted from sewing dresses and costumes to much-needed face masks as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Many seamstresses are even using recycled clothes to bring costs down.

Los Angeles Times

Anousha Sakoui

4 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The cast and crew members of Hollywood are suffering from the coronavirus social distancing mandates, but the costumers among them are contributing to the shortage of masks during the pandemic. It started when costume...

The Current (Louisiana)

Leslie Turk

3 April 2020

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Personal protective equipment has been in short supply as the pandemic caught the United States off guard. In an effort to fill the gap, a company in Louisiana called Action Specialties has been manufacturing disposab...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steve Twedt

3 April 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Day Owl is a Pittsburgh company known for producing sustainably-sourced backpacks, but in response to the pandemic they have shifted gears to producing medical-grade masks for health care workers. They began shipping ...

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Cheryl Rodewig

2 April 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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In Athens, Georgia, 70 miles east of the capital Atlanta, one empty convention center put its space to good use by producing sanitation stations to combat COVID-19. After losing $1.2 million dollars of business in a s...

WAGA-TV

Doug Evans

2 April 2020

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Dentists, students, and community members in a Georgia county are joining forces to design and produce face masks for the first responders, who are more likely than others to be exposed to coronavirus. “It's not FDA a...

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