Are there makers and requests all from over the state?
In short, yes! We have provided masks to organizations state-wide and have members in many communities. We are always looking for leadership in local communities, so if you're interested in championing efforts for your area, please get in touch with our leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org
Has Alaska Mask Makers been in the news?
Who should be wearing masks?
On April 3rd, the CDC officially recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recommends it's best for us to stay as close to home as possible to stay healthy. But if you must leave home, please cover up with a cloth face covering.
What are some good articles to read about masks in today's (ever-changing) situation?
First, begin with this message on masks from Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, Ann Zink.
A few recommended articles:
And a few scientific papers of note:
Professional and Homemade Face Masks Reduce Exposure to Respiratory Infections among the General Public (National Institute of Health)
Considerations for Making Facemasks when there is no Availability of N95 Respirators or Facemasks (WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries)
Are you affiliated with other Mask Maker groups around the country?
We are proud of our group and other mask makers who share in our mission. The leadership of our team is in contact with other mask making groups, but we have no direct affiliation.