Volunteers sew masks for health care workers across northern California

Health care workers around the country are sounding the alarm that they are running out of masks.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 10:55 AM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 11:18 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Health care workers around the country are sounding the alarm that they are running out of masks.

Some volunteers in Sacramento, however, are doing what they can to make sure they are protected. With a needle and thread, Pharmacist Vickie Fu and her mother are sewing masks for doctors and nurses all across northern California.

Fu’s 84-year-old got the idea to make the masks on Facebook.

In a time when it often feels like our world is unraveling, the two said this is their small way to help sew us back together.

“If you were on the front lines taking care of somebody that was coughing and just can’t breathe and dying, wouldn’t you want some protection?” Vickie Fu said. “So you can continue to either help another person or protect yourself.”

The fabric masks are not as protective as N95 masks that medical professionals typically use. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they can be used as a last resort.

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