How To Pitch In
Update: after seeing the latest information from Open Source COVID19 on Facebook, we are recommending that the cap itself be disposed after a shift. (But keeping the shield). As we've said before: we want to cause no harm.
Can you make and deliver three cap shields?
People have been asking how me how they can help those frontline medical caretakers. So here's my idea:
Commit to finding, making, and delivering three cap shields.
- Can you commit to finding, making, and delivering three cap shields? If you can commit to this, please continue on. If not, that's okay.
- Okay, let's do this. I hope by your committing to making three caps and dropping them off to your local hospital that you'll get a good feeling. Most of all I hope you get hooked on this good feeling and want more of it. I hope that you'll tell others. And maybe, just maybe, you'll commit to another three cap shields.
But caps don't grow on trees. I totally agree, and here's some ideas:
- Call family and friends to see if they have any caps in their closet that they can donate. That buddy of yours needs to let go of a cap or two. Plus, that ER nurse who's on the frontlines protecting us could care less as long as it's clean and in good condition.
- After you've assembled one cap shield, post it on Instagram or Facebook. Tell folks you're looking for caps. They'll come through.
- Call your local sporting good store. Speak to the manager. Tell them what you're up to and get them to donate a few caps. Then tag them on social.
- Goodwill. They always have clean caps at inexpensive prices. Agan, that ER nurse could care less as long as it's clean and in working condition.
- Amazon, Ebay, Etsy. You can find cheap but reliable flat brim caps there.
Cap Shield FAQs
Are these homemade shields really going to help?
The shields should always be worn in combination with a face mask. Also we recommend that the cap be disposed of after a shift. From the Center Of Disease Control (CDC): Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks. Including the following:
Healthcare Personnel (HCP) use of homemade masks:
"In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face."
I can't commit. Can I just give you money?
Sorry, no. Not set up to do that. Plus, I don't want to appear like I'm taking one cent from this. Might look at having folks PayPal volunteers directly for supplies. But we're not there yet.
My local hospital isn't accepting homemade safety shields, what to do then?
We'll help put out the word and find a hospital or caretaker that will. That's how we got this whole thing rolling in the first place.
I can make more than three.
No law says you can't. My idea for three is to get this thing jumpstarted. Start with three. Make more if you're able. Take on what you can. Tell others.
I'm lousy with making stuff.
These caps are dead simple to make with household tools. We have a step-by-step tutorial. Average build time by 5 minutes. If you really can't make them, hit me up, we'll figure out something. Come with an idea of how you can help.
You sell caps?
I do. But right now I'm in California and in lock down. I'm running my entire business out of my home. My regular cap supplier has closed because of COVID-19. So, I'm scrambling to find caps myself. And again, I don't want to even remotely appear like I'm making a cent off of this.
Flat brim caps only?
Yes. Flat shield + flat visor = tighter seal. Not perfect seal, but close.
How about a bunch of us getting together to make these – seems more efficient?
One word: no. Social distancing must be practiced at all times. That's why we need this to be decentralized. One-person (or one-family) operations that can find, make and deliver these bad boys. In a family operation only one person should be doing a delivery. Be hyper safe and aware.
How about getting cap companies and hardware stores to donate?
I think that they will eventually donate. But first they have to see we're here in numbers and can put out some of the fires ourselves. In the meantime we need fire extinguishers right now. The firetrucks – that are companies – will show up eventually. If you're a company that would like to help, please let me know.
This is a moment that will define this country. Let's rise to this challenge and pitch in to help protect those who protect us.
DM me on Instagram if you have any questions. Be kind and be safe.