From the Mayo Clinic: COVID-19: How much protection do face masks offer? “Can face masks help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Yes, face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of the disease. So why weren’t face masks recommended at the start of the pandemic? At that time, experts didn’t yet know the extent to which people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Nor was it known that some people have COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms. Both groups can unknowingly spread the virus to others.”
What does this have to do with Advent? Well, parishioners have distributed masks to retirement homes, multiple nursing homes in 5 cities, frontline COVID-19 care providers, ER nurses, EMT staff, the Westlake Police and Fire Dept’s, hospice workers, 3 churches including a food pantry, and who knows where else 2,000 masks have gone, received from China and Korea. Here’s feedback from John Crothall: “I want to reiterate our thanks for the N95s you facilitated from your client in China. The 40 N95s that Scott and I donated between us to Nivalis Hospice Care increased their inventory from zero to 800 person-days of front line safety. They needed the 2 x 20 to be able to utilize Batelle’s disinfecting service. You can report back to your generous client that whatever the number of N95s were in the donation shipment, that number has been multiplied by 20.” Like John said “The Lord is providing in these difficult times! As in loaves and fishes.”
More masks are available. Contact JoAnn at (440) 871-6685.