In response to the overwhelming need for face masks in the community, 3MD Med Masks is a team of three physicians, their family and friends, wishing to aid in the solution with safe, reusable, and environmentally friendly masks.
Dr. Linsey Marr, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
“We now know that you can be infected with COVID-19 before you have symptoms, and you may not get any symptoms at all. Wearing a mask—the CDC is now calling it a cloth covering to distinguish it from medical masks used by healthcare workers—reduces the amount of virus you might spread into the air and onto surfaces if you happen to be sick. This would help slow transmission. A second benefit is that a mask, depending on the type of fabric, how tightly it fits, and how diligently you wear it, can help reduce your exposure to virus that might be present in the air, reducing your chances of catching the disease.”
Dian McManus, owner of Runaway Pony
"Will masks help? Common sense: yes, masks will reduce your risk. We must do something to flatten the curve AND make this lockdown 'less indefinite.' For the sake of our children, and because I always wanted to make a difference, this is our part to help slow down the spread of Covid-19."
"Surgical masks, and improperly worn N95 respirator masks, do not offer perfect protection. But if the stated goal is to “flatten” the curve (as opposed to eradication of the virus), we have to abandon the black-and-white thinking, and embrace shades of grey. We cannot any longer claim that masks “are not effective”. We cannot allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good. What if a however partial protection afforded by leaky surgical or even self-made masks reduces transmission probability to an extent that is similar to that of the recommended (equally imperfect) distancing by more than 6 feet from each other or “not touching your face”? It could then double the impact of non-pharmacological intervention (NPI) on flattening the curve.”