As the nation is coming together by staying apart, several initiatives to help fight the pandemic have surfaced.

Among other things, face masks are high in demand. Masks are effective in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, as those infected won’t spread droplets to others. Healthy people wearing masks won’t inhale  droplets and are also less likely to touch their mouth.

“There is no question about the fact that masks are actually one of the best ways of preventing the spread of infection. And we recommend them in particular where people have got any cough or any symptoms,” Health minister Zweli Mkhize said.

Now, an initiative called #10MillionMasks, aims to provide masks to those who need it, by asking the country for help. Their goal is to produce no less than an ambitious 10-million masks to distribute to patients or those in frequent contact with patients. Anyone who is willing and able, can sign up to make a mask or help coordinate the project.

“South Africans are courageous and compassionate, skilled and resourceful. It’s your time to shine. Call on your talents to help us get 10 million masks to the people who need them,” the founders say on their website.

They even have a free pattern on the site, as well as a step-by-step video for those not so familiar with sewing yet. There is also a section where those in need of masks, may request them.

“Remember, if we use fabric masks, we leave medical masks to the people who really need them – our doctors and nurses who are caring for our sick,” the team adds.

To help make masks, donate fabric or finances, or find other useful information, visit here or find them on Whatsapp: +27 (0) 64 612 7092.

Picture: Instagram/10MillionMasks

Article written by

Anita Froneman