Face masks, gloves, disinfectants and hand sanitizers
half a dozen medical students are helping in the fight against the corona virus in their own way.
A couple of my classmates and I started Med Supply Drive.
我和我的几个同学建立了Med Supply Drive这个志愿者组织。
Our clinical rotations were delayed and at the same time we were getting this very intense need
from emergency rooms and hospitals for PPE personal protective gear,
and so we started this initiative as six students at Georgetown
and now its grown over to to over 600 students in the country.
All members are still medical students
so while they cant physically help in the hospitals, they can round up and donate PPE equipment.
I didnt think that I would be useful on the frontline but I could definitely supplement the frontline you know this way.
Volunteers started with calling various places that they thought could still have some sort of PPE and disinfectants left.
And since all university courses were being conducted online
and students went back home for the time of the quarantine.
They managed to conduct their volunteering work in 42 American states.
We started off mostly by reaching out to different companies
like research labs, tattoo parlors, nail salons, dentist offices just like maybe construction companies anywhere
that we think would have PPE like gloves or masks that they can donate.
We like called them, email them and we got a lot of positive responses from places like that.
Students themselves pick up the donations or have them brought to their doorstep.
Many of them have dedicated some space in their apartments to serve as an impromptu warehouse.
We have a taped off area in my house so that all the supplies will stay there
so when people drop off supplies to my house, they leave it on the porch
and then I come down with gloves and I wipe it off
and then I put it in the clean area so that it stays contained in that one place.
Then the supplies get packaged and taken to a number of hospitals.
I spent time making contacts at the hospital so I would just cold call the front desk
and say hi I have supplies, can can someone take them in the hospital?
And from there we started building this relationship
where they would reach out to me and say hey needs that in need of this.
And I would reach back out to the departments and to labs
and say does anyone else have this and I just kind of blast out emails like that.
On average in every major city about 10 hospitals work with Med Supply Drive,
平均每个大城市约有10家医院与Med Supply Drive合作
the organization has been working for less than a month
but the students have already collected and donated thousands of boxes with medical supplies and PPE.
Weve had over 100,000 donations and over 10,000 masks I believe.
Med Supply you have completely came to game for us, thank you so much, you are phenomenal humans,
Med Supply 你们为我们四处奔波，非常感谢你们，你们太了不起了，
thank you thank you thank you theres genuinely no way to say how pleased that we are.
Despite the great start, volunteers say the supply of face masks and gloves is running low
so they are hoping for alternative ways to help doctors and have already found volunteers
who want to sew masks for the hospital staffs and 3d print hard face masks.
For Lesia Bakalets in Washington and Anna Rice VOA news
制作人Lesia Bakalets，记者Anna Rice 华盛顿报道