Masks have been a big topic of discussion over the past few weeks. Thanks to the global pandemic, people are forced to stay home and limit their contact with the outside world. But sometimes we have to leave, to procure items we can’t get so easily online. Grocery delivery can take weeks now that there’s such demand. When you do need to venture outside, it’s a good idea to protect yourself with masks and gloves, to limit the transmission of the illness either to or from other people.
Of course, healthcare professionals have no choice but to interact with others, many of whom do have COVID-19 and need treatment and care. Doctors and nurses all over the world are forced to wear protective gear all day long to try to keep themselves safe from the virus, and these hard-working men and women are experiencing some wear and tear from wearing masks 24/7.
They’ve been sharing images of their bruised faces, showcasing the areas where the masks are causing indentations and marks. One of those areas is the ears, which are often getting chafed by being pulled against the head, underneath masks.
One young boy scout in Canada heard a call from a local hospital, requesting “ear guards,” and decided to step up to help. Quinn Roney grabbed his 3D printer and got to work creating a plastic strap that ties masks together while leaving an opening for the ears. His proud mom, Heather Roney, shared his accomplishment on Facebook.
The ear guard functions as a strap that allows the mask to be strapped on in a different spot that’s less taxing to the ears.
Quinn has churned out dozens of ear guards already, and his mother’s post has been shared almost 500,000 times! The response has been so huge that Heather shared a link to the file Quinn has been using to create the ear guards in case anyone else wants to help.
Quinn may be the boy scout, but he is helping make sure that healthcare professionals are the ones who are prepared.
Here at The Dad, we hope you, your families, and communities stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please utilize online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.