For several weeks, the CDC has recommended that people wear cloth face coverings in settings where social distancing measures are difficult, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, and especially in areas where there is known significant community-based transmission.
Because studies have shown that a significant portion of people with coronavirus are asymptomatic, or don’t show symptoms, and those that are pre-symptomatic, or will eventually develop symptoms, can transmit the virus, the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings. These coverings help slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and don’t know it keep from spreading it to others.
Fresh Foam’s Efforts
Because Fresh Foam is considered an essential service, the workers need to be able to perform their work while staying safe themselves and protecting those around them. They were wearing N-95 masks already, but Michael Vennitti thought it might be good to wear something over the masks to help them last longer. That’s when Marianne Vennitti decided to take matters into her own hands.
She did a bit of research, pulled out her old sewing machine, and came up with a few ideas that she thought would work for what Michael and the other staff members were needing. She educated herself on the types of masks and their uses and discovered there was more need for the masks than she could have ever imagined.
“At the time people were making masks mostly for the medical field,” says Marianne. “I joined a couple of groups, purchased a hundred yards of fabric, and all the fixings to get started.”
It was during that time that Michael returned to her and told her that people he was coming in to contact with were asking where he got his mask. He suggested to Marianne that if she wanted to make extra masks for Fresh Foam, the employees could carry them with them as they did their work and give them out to people they came in contact with that were working without protection.
“He seemed really concerned and I switched my priority to making masks for everyday people,” said Marianne. “He would call and tell me how people were so excited to get the mask and honestly, I was dumbfounded that people were working without them.”
The Work Continues
Per her doctor’s orders, Marianne has been quarantined throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “I knew I wasn’t going anywhere soon due to my age and my ongoing medical issues,” said Marianne. “I’ve spent so many years at home due to my rare disease that staying home isn’t much of a sacrifice like it is for so many other folks. For that reason, I am blessed. I love projects, purpose, and people, so staying home had a whole new meaning for me.”
Although Marianne hasn’t been counting, she says she thinks she’s made about 75 masks so far and doesn’t have any desire to stop making them yet. “It saddens me to think about the people that need protection by way of a mask and those who are out and about and don’t show concern for others. It’s my hope to be able to make and give away masks to anyone that needs them through the company, but also for anyone we hear about that doesn’t have one.”
To learn more about Fresh Foam and how we are helping during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our Disinfecting Services page or contact us at 844-487-3626.