We have given away 
20,650 medical face masks,
6,000 nitrile gloves,
400 isolation suits &
2,560 bottles of hand sanitizer
to our doctors and nurses across the country

But our frontline heroes need millions more masks.

Our goal is to send them 100,000 masks by end of April. 

Will you help?

Our Mission 

To give away FDA-recommended surgical masks for free to frontline healthcare providers

We are a team of scientists, entrepreneurs, and community advocates who anticipated a critical shortage for surgical masks back in December 2019. We proactively retooled a factory in China to manufacture FDA and EUA approved masks, with an improved and more protective design. 

With control over every aspect of the supply chain, all we need is your donation so that we can get 100,000 masks from the factory floor to the faces of our heroes on the frontline!
 

FAQ 

 

1. Are these masks compliant with FDA and CDC guidelines?
 

Yes! We have gone through testing and met health and safety requirements according to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). We also strictly adhere to guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We work directly with the manufacturer to implement an improved design that is more protective and comfortable for healthcare providers who often wear these mask for long hours. These masks are made in an FDA-registered manufacturer in China.

2. Have you secured your supply chain?

Yes!! Because we anticipated this outbreak in December, the team was a few months ahead of everyone. We successfully secured an FDA-registered manufacturer who can mass produce masks in a short period of time. We have also figured out every part of the supply chain logistics - from raw material sourcing, manufacturing, shipping, clearing customs, and the last-mile delivery to the hands of our frontline healthcare workers.

3. Why do you need my help? How is my money spent?

We started as a group of good samaritans (with backgrounds in medicine, advocacy, data science, and technology), working around the clock, donating our own savings and time to get face masks to the frontline. Now we are ready to scale up our effort with donations from you. For every dollar we raise, 100% goes to manufacturing and shipping these masks to the frontline. Any extra proceeds go back to purchasing more masks. We are a pending nonprofit corporation, so donations are not yet tax-exempt.

4. Who's receiving these donated masks?

Our top priority is to send masks to doctors and nurses in the most under-served community-level hospitals. Due to red tape in the existing system, it takes up to 20 weeks for a hospital system to distribute any precious masks they have to an individual healthcare worker. What's more, right now there's a bidding war between hospitals to buy any masks that are still available in the market, so the well-funded, big-name hospital are the ones who get them. Under-resourced communities are worst hit by COVID-19, and the hospitals that serve them are the most vulnerable - and we're here to help them.

5. Help! My area is a hot zone. How fast can the masks be delivered to my nearest hospital?

Less than 1 week. We ship US ground to same coastal states (Washington, Oregon, California) and 2-day air to all other states in the US. If you know a healthcare worker in need of masks, let them know they can request masks and other PPE here.

"It is like a war zone here. They're rationing one surgical mask per employee per day and we don't have access to N95s or face shields, yet we're expected to take care of COVID-19 positive patients…”
 

Doctor from New York

As of 3/30 our datasets are merging with ProjectN95, PPECoalition, and GetUsPPE to create a centralized, standardized repository for clinicians, researchers, and public health officials. We're mapping shortage hotspots based on requests from the front lines and sending reinforcements before it's too late. 

Inspired by Dr. Ed Livingston's "Call to Ideas" in the JAMA, we set out to procure a multi-threaded PPE supply chain pipeline with multiple redundancies to attenuate critical fail points. On 2/26 we finished prototyping and testing an anti-tamper, latex-free flat fold medical face mask design that could exceed BFE (99.1% vs 3M™ Standard Procedure Mask's > 95%)/PFE (95.6% vs. 3M™ Standard Procedure Mask's n/a) standards while eliminating the need for dwindling supply of knit elastic. On 3/27 we filed a provisional patent application with the USPTO: 29729526. Currently, we're producing these as "last resort" medical face masks at a Chinese factory that produces FDA-certified PPE and are working with US factories to replicate the process. You can keep track of our FDA device listing assignment details here. The process is currently being executed under the advisement of an FDA officer and adhering to FDA guidelines set forth during the pandemic.