A Fishers resident and businessman Gurinder Singh recently launched an emergency mask program to allow those who cannot access N95 medical masks to obtain reusable, washable masks for community use.
Singh said the masks are intended for residents to use when they leave their home and want protection. His goal is to provide masks for the public to reserve medical masks for health care and emergency service personnel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidelines for using face masks in response to shortages in surgical and respirator masks. The CDC advises using fabric masks as a last option.
“These emergency masks are being made available at the cost of production,” Singh stated.
Singh and his wife, Gagandeep Singh, came up with the idea after learning there was a mask shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I immediately spoke to some of my doctor friends,” Gurinder said. “Based on online research and advice from public health practitioners, we have started stitching these general-purpose emergency masks,” Singh stated.
On the first day of production, more than 500 masks were made.
“We also hope to offer employment to those who are in need of employment,” Singh stated.
Singh wants to employ 100 people in a month to make the masks.
The masks cost $9.99 each and are made with double layers of thick cotton fabric. For more, call 317-308-1050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase a mask, visit threadsneedles.com.