Got extra face masks you’re not using? You can do your part during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating much-needed medical equipment to the people who need them the most: frontline healthcare workers.
As the virus continues to spread and supplies run low, hospitals all around Canada are organizing collection drives for all types of personal protection equipment (PPE) that include face masks.
Want to help? Here’s a select list of GTA-hospitals asking for face masks (more found here):
- North York General Hospital — The NYGH PPE Drive
Until March 27 at 4000 Leslie St
- Scarborough Health Network — The SHN PPE Drive
Until March 28 at 4040 Finch Ave E
- Michael Garron Hospital — The PPE Drive
Until March 27
- Lakeridge Health (Durham Region)
- Mackenzie Health (Vaughan)
You can also take part in a number of collection drives taking part around the city:
- CareFirst looks to collect 3 million masks at their Scarborough location
- Mask-R-Aid aims to collect 50,000 masks before March 31
Top-requested medical equipment include:
- Ear-loop masks (ASTMF2100-11, L2 rating or greater)
- N-95 masks (NIOSH or CE)
- Face shield, disposable or reusable (CE or FDA)
- Vented goggles (CSA Z94.3-2015 or ANSI287.1-2015)
- Gowns (AAMI, L2 rating or greater)
- Gloves (vinyl or nitrile)
- Hand sanitizer
Commonly seen during days of severe air pollution in northern China and the SARS outbreak of 2003, face masks are essential equipment for health care providers that come in direct contact with COVID-19 on a daily basis.
Although Chinese community groups and businesses have been providing the majority of donations, individuals are also getting involved.
One Chinese woman donated some 2,000 medical masks to a “shocked” Montreal hospital last week.