Local designer and stylist, Alfons Dovana, has partnered with Grady Hospital Atlanta to make medical-grade face masks to try and gap the shortage of masks due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Alfons, who has a degree in Apparel and Textiles from Kennesaw State University, decided to use his capabilities as an entrepreneur and designer to help accommodate the shortage of medical-grade masks at Atlanta hospital. So, he partnered with Grady Hospital and is now producing hundreds of masks made out of HEPA filters, which removes 99.97% of particles, similar to the N95 mask that is in demand and sold out everywhere. And he needs your help.
Because, to produce medical-grade HEPA-filtered face masks for our local hospitals, he is also creating neoprene masks that he is selling to the public to help cover costs for the HEPA masks. “Fabric masks are not enough protection for our health heroes who are on the front line fighting this virus,“ Alfons explains in a statement on Facebook, and continues “fabric masks are good enough for you and I since we should all be practicing social distancing and staying at home.”
For every neoprene mask he sells, he will be donating a HEPA-filtered mask to our local healthcare heroes on the front line. It is essential to underline that the neoprene masks are not medical grade, but they are ideal for social distancing purposes, and they are reusable and should be washed after every or other use.
If you want your own neoprene mask and thereby support our local healthcare heroes, please Venmo Alfons Dovana by using the information below. The mask is $25 plus $7 shipping (no meet-ups!), and each purchase secures a medical-grade HEPA filter face mask donation to our healthcare workers. Please allow for up to one week for shipment.
Neoprene white mask, $25, shipping: $7
(secures the donation of a medical-grade HEPA filter face mask to Grady Hospital)
Venmo to @Alfons-Dovana and add your mailing address in the comment section of the payment. Please allow for one-week shipping.