A Sikh family in the state of Indiana has started making masks in an effort to help the public and first responders in the fight against the deadly Coronavirus Pandemic. The family were left wondering what they could when local media reported a shortage of masks.
After learning of the shortages, Gurinder Singh Khalsa called his doctor friends and enquired if they would be aided if he made masks for them at home, which were packaged in sanitary conditions. Once Singh got the green signal, he and his wife Gagandeep Kaur and rest of his family set to work. They started making more than 500 emergency masks that were packed with double layers of thick cotton fabric, so as to keep them sanitary.
As per reports, Gurinder Singh Khalsa learned how to make these masks based on online research and advice from public health practitioners. The masks made by the family were first given to city officials, first responders, police and first departments. They believe that they are doing a great job in the service of the city in the face of such a deadly disease.
Gurinder Singh Khalsa reportedly said that his masks are a cheap alternative to the N-95 masks that should be left for medical practitioners. His masks provide a reusable and washable alternative that is good for community use. Khalsa reiterated that the masks were made and packaged in a safe environment and were meant to offer some protection for those who must leave their homes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that is the US’s leading health agency put out an advisory that stated that fabric masks can be used as an effective alternative by healthcare workers when nothing else is available. The family plans on extending their initiative to include those who may be under financial pressure due to the virus.