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Team Corona Busters - Sewing and distributing face masks in response to the spread of COVID-19.

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What is Team Corona Busters?

Team Corona Busters is an internal nonprofit project of GVNG.org, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Team Corona Buster’s mission is to provide healthcare supplies across the globe during a public health crisis or catastrophic event. More information is available on their About page.

According to Team Corona Busters, what is the definition of a front line defender?

Team Corona Busters cares about all healthcare and emergency professionals. Since the beginning, they have seen an increase in requests from caregivers and individual healthcare workers nationwide. They have begun to distribute masks to a variety of recipients; however, their focus has always been to provide masks for front line defenders – our doctors and nurses in hospital ICU’s and emergency departments.

How can I order face masks for our hospital?

Use this order form to order face masks. Face masks are only being distributed to doctors and nurses working at hospitals. You are required to upload a copy of your valid healthcare credentials.

I am interested in becoming a team leader in my city. Are there any requirements. Do I need a license? How do I register?

Be a team leader in your local community and help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will send you a free kit (containing mask ideas, instructions, and a guide) to assist you in creating and distributing masks to healthcare workers in your city;  and setup a dedicated web page for your city.

  • Team Corona Busters typically authorizes only one team leader per city. This does not mean you can’t have co-team leaders.
  • You are responsible for procuring all needed materials in your city.
  • You must be willing to coordinate all distribution in your city. This includes pickup and/or delivery of face masks.
  • You must adhere to the Team Corona Busters Terms of Use, and not sell any face masks.

Use this request form to register as a team leader.

Do you charge money to receive face masks?

No. It started in March 2020 as a grassroots movement of volunteers coming together to make face masks for healthcare workers in need. Team Corona Busters provides these supplies at no cost to the recipients. At no time do they ever charge for supplies.

How much does it cost to produce one face mask?

Great question. At Team Corona Busters, it costs approximately $5 each in materials to produce one face mask. This does not include labor, just supplies (fabric, binding tape, etc.). Let’s do the math. It costs approximately $500 to produce 100 masks. It’s an expensive venture and Team Corona Busters needs your financial support.

Can I make a donation to Team Corona Busters?

Yes. Team Corona Busters relies on the generosity of its many supporters and volunteers to further its charitable purposes. Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated. Funds are used to purchase needed supplies and cover operating expenses. Without it, Team Corona Busters would not be able to provide programs and services in which they are dedicated to provide. They are not a for-profit business.

Make a donation on GVNG.com

Make a donation on Facebook

Make a donation on GoFundMe

Can I volunteer at Team Corona Busters?

Yes. Team Corona Busters has a variety of volunteer positions available including sewing face masks, pickup & delivery of materials and/or face masks, social media contributors, and writers of articles, blogs and original content. Please use the volunteer request form to sign up.

Is there a video tutorial that explains how to make the face masks?

Yes. Please view this video to see the style of face masks offered by Team Corona Busters. You can also see other videos on their YouTube channel.

Where can I find templates for making the face masks?

You can use this template.

Are there other DIY instructions for making civilian face masks?

Yes, there are many DIY design options as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please note that at Team Corona Busters, they use only one single design and these face masks are distributed to front line defenders only.

How to make a civilian mask?

You can make this at home from what you can find. There is no sewing necessary. The mask is an 18″ x 18″ square of cotton fabric – a handkerchief, cloth napkin, bandana, part of an old shirt ,or sheet. The ties are ponytail holders, old tights, the top of old socks, old compression socks, or thin elastic (Cut open a bungee cord and see what is inside!). One volunteer said “I wore mine to the pharmacy and the nurse taking my temp at the door complemented me on it!”  Make a few of these for your family and coworkers. Kids can make these too. http://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie

Should face masks be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly?

Yes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.

Where can I obtain informational updates about the COVID-19 coronovirus from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)?

Visit the COVID-19 coronovirus website from the CDC.

Is there a National Doctor's Day or another holiday that celebrates our healthcare workers?

Yes, March 30 is Doctors’ Day, an annual observance aimed at appreciating physicians who help save our lives everywhere. The holiday first started in 1933 in Winder, Georgia, and since then it’s been honored every year on March 30 which was the first anniversary of a doctor using ether anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long. Today we continue to celebrate medical advances like these and thank all doctors everywhere who’ve spent so much time and energy mastering their field of expertise.

On May 6, we recognize the important role nurses play in our lives by celebrating National Nurses Day and the beginning of National Nurses Week. At the end of the 19th century, “The Lady With the Lamp”— or as she is more widely known, Florence Nightingale — founded modern nursing. Thanks to her strict use of hand-washing and hygiene practices while caring for wounded soldiers in the Crimean War, Nightingale and her helpers reduced the death rate from 42% to 2% — ushering in nursing as we know it today.

For an updated list of healthcare celebrations, please visit National Day Calendar.