Entertainment Bethenny Frankel Is Now Donating over 1 Million Masks to Hospitals Fighting Coronavirus
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‘s relief efforts continue to surge amid the .
As the virus spreads in the United States and around the globe, the former star has been through her disaster relief initiative, .
Through the BStrong initiative and their partner,, Frankel, 49, has raising funds to put together what she calls “BStrong corona kits,” with a special focus on delivering masks to medical professionals as the country faces a shortage of supplies.
Her missionbut has quickly skyrocketed, with the reality star and businesswoman revealing to on Sunday that she expects to supply over 1 million masks to benefit hospitals that are in limited supply.
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Frankel said the masks will be available within the next few days and will go immediately to the medical professionals who need them most.
“Every time there’s a disaster I really hear from my social media followers,” Frankel said. “They’re all over the world, and they let me know what’s going on quicker than the news for me sometimes. So a couple of people were talking about the masks.”
“I get over a thousand messages a day with people from all over the country — every hospital, every clinic, everyone in a panic and with no supplies,” she continued.
Frankel said she’s using a grid system to decide where her resources are best allocated and is producing the N95 medically-approved masks with the help of five different suppliers.
“We have suppliers all over the world,” she said. “We have suppliers and manufacturers in China, we have an Israeli company we’re working with.”
Costume Designers Guild Sewing Masks for Health Care Facilities
The initiative addresses the enormous shortage of protective gear that doctors and nurses rely upon as they treat individuals with coronavirus symptoms. The initiative is outlined in a COVID-19 update sent to members of the Motion Picture Editors Guild (Local 700), which represents the editing and sound communities.In a letter to her members, MPEG national executive director Cathy Repola wrote, "If any of you sew or want to volunteer to deliver the masks (without violating the social distancing guidelines), please let us know and we will put you in touch with those coordinating.
PEOPLE exclusively announced last Friday that Frankel and herwould be to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. (In 2018, Frankel was hospitalized at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, which is part of Massachusetts General Hospital, after .)
Frankel, who has a home in Boston with Bernon, told PEOPLE that the couple “wired the money for the first orders because this isn’t something that we can wait for donations for.”
“Donations will come, but without the masks, more people will die,” she said. “This is the biggest crisis now in my opinion.”
As of Monday morning, there are now, and 428 people in the country have died from coronavirus-related illness.
Frankel told Radio.com that while she and Bernon are apart — he’s in Florida, and she’s in New York — they are as “connected as ever.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company is donating “millions” of masks to healthcare workers
Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos says Amazon is having trouble getting masks for its workers“The president and I literally heard directly from Apple that they’re donating 2 million industrial masks to this effort around the country and working with our administration to distribute those,” Pence said at a White House press briefing.
“We love each other as much as ever,” she said. “There’s no way to pressure each other, obviously, about seeing each other because we know where we’re supposed to be, and there’s something calming about that.”
Coronavirus: the government recognizes a lack of masks
France has experienced "logistical difficulties" in the supply of masks against the, allocated as a priority to caregivers, recognized on Wednesday government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye, who also denounced "unacceptable flights" of masks in the hospital.
"Some logistical difficulties"
"There have been some logistical difficulties recently, but the masks have been arriving in pharmacies since yesterday," she assured L 'outcome of the Council of Ministers, explaining that the state continued to release strategic stocks for the departments most affected. She also denounced "inadmissible thefts" of masks in hospitals, which even end up being sold on the internet. "Masks have been stolen in large quantities from hospitals, especially in Montpellier, where 15,000 masks that have disappeared are perfectly unacceptable," she said.
"We have switched on, our production device which does not have extensive capacities", that is why we have a sparing management of these masks with absolute priority to the carers ", she insisted.Complaints from many health professionals
Many doctors, especially in the city, but also nurses or dentists complain that they do not receive masks, essential to protect themselves. Monday evening, Emmanuel Macron had promised that the twenty-five departments would most affected by the epidemic would receive masks for caregivers this Tuesday, the other departments by Thursday. But other professions are also lacking, such as cashiers, while the government has asked the large distribution to take all the precaution so that its employees can work
Already 25 million destocked masks
La Fra nce has already destocked 25 million masks on its strategic stocks and has just destocked them for 27 departments particularly affected by the shortage, explained Sibeth Ndiaye. "We obviously continue to make every effort, including looking internationally to carry out mass orders. You can imagine that we are not hanging around," she exclaimed. France has also "put under tension" the few factories that produce masks in France but the manufacturing is done mainly abroad.
China, to which France had sent 17 tonnes of medical equipment in February when the epidemic was in full swing, sent France 1 million masks on Wednesday, announced Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian , believing on BFMTV that "it is a gesture that must be appreciated".
With high school’s 3D printers in his house, student runs mask production line for Seattle-area hospitals .
When Ayan Gupta and his classmates at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, Wash., started throwing around ideas for how to lend a hand during the coronavirus crisis, someone suggested they make protective face masks with 3D printers. Within 48 hours of hearing the idea, Gupta was heading up a full-scale operation to print parts, get masks assembled and distribute them to hospital professionals. © Provided by Geekwire Ayan Gupta, a senior at Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, Wash., with 3D printers from the school that are now being used to make masks from his home.