Project CURE's Chicago Region Sending Thousands Of Respirator Masks To China

Bernie Tafoya
February 26, 2020 - 1:57 pm
Project C.U.R.E.

WBBM Newsradio/Bernie Tafoya


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Tens of thousands of respirator masks are on their way to China to fight the spread of coronavirus and they originated in the Chicago area.

The Woodridge warehouse for Project C.U.R.E. had on-hand more than 110,000 N-95 masks with respirators, when word reached the non-profit that that’s one of the kinds of medical supplies in great need in the Wuhan, China region where the coronavirus is believed to have originated.

Chicago region executive director Beth Rottman admits 110,000 mask is a relatively small amount compared to the need, but "any small part that we can do to help that, that saving one person’s life helps and if you can save 110,000, that’s all the better.

"These are different than just the plain surgical masks that you would typically see. These have a respiratory actually built in them and they have more of a tight seal, so they block more, they have more of a filtration system."

Project C.U.R.E. masks
Project C.U.R.E.

Rottman said the masks were airlifted to Wuhan a couple of days ago and may already have arrived or will be there within two or three days.

Project C.U.R.E.’s Philadelphia location is sending about 4,000 hazmat suits and 21,000 surgical masks.

Rottman said Project C.U.R.E. gets donations of medical equipment, including masks, from hospitals, medical supply companies, and clinics, and sends them wherever they’re needed around the world.