The cloth masks being produced by our community members, while a beautiful, kindhearted gesture, are very dangerous. There is no way that two layers of cotton is going to stop this deadly virus from spreading.

I know we all want to do something to help our neighbors, but thinking these masks are going to make a difference threatens us all. These masks wont help any more than covering your face with a handkerchief.

We are running low on protective equipment. It is scary. But these masks are going to hurt more than they help. I am an award winning quilter, I know fabric and crafts. I have also worked as a volunteer firefighter and understand the importance of PPE. I also know these masks are not the answer to our current shortage.

I thank our community for stepping up and helping each other, but this is a dangerous practice that will lead to more people getting sick. Stay home. Keep yourself healthy. We can get through this.

Vi AngelĀ 

Roseburg

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earnestefforts

I am disappointed in the News Review for publishing an opinion under "Latest News" as if it were a news article. Here are the Facts:

Hospitals around the country are asking people to make masks because they are running out of the appropriate PPE.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states: "HCP use of homemade masks:

In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face." https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html

Let's keep to the facts and do what we can to help one another instead of spreading unhelpful opinions.

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