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(en) Poland, rozbrat: EMPLOYEE INITIATIVE: WE TAKE MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS [machine translation]

Date Fri, 20 Mar 2020 09:51:54 +0200

Coronavirus has been in Poland for only a week, and we already have problems with supplying the most necessary materials. This is due to two factors. The first is this government and each previous one. Health care has always been pushed into the background and underfunded. The money was allocated to the army, TVP, police, but never enough for health care. ---- Hospital volunteers and public collections patched the situation. However, they were only a drop in the ocean of needs, but one that allows any functioning of health care facilities. For this reason, we have a lack of staff today, insufficient beds, a small number of tests for the presence of the virus and the lack of adequate protection for doctors and patients.
The other is the capitalist system, where some people from ordinary cunning and willingness to profit bought goods from warehouses and are now trying to sell them several hundred percent more expensive. The price of masks, which previously could be obtained at the pharmacy for PLN 1, reached PLN 30 on the allegro, until the service suspended the possibility of selling them.

As a consequence, face masks are very difficult to access, and even for people excluded for various reasons. After consulting the doctors, we begin the mask sewing action. First, we want to provide them to the most deprived and excluded people. If we have excess, it will be possible to buy them in the so-called free price from which the income will be allocated to further production for people who will not be able to pay for it.

For clarification - they will be the same as surgical masks. Their task is not to prevent self-infestation, but to make it more difficult to infect others. They are to catch any germs that you release as a result of breathing, coughing or sneezing. This will reduce the possibility of spreading the virus.

How to turn on:

If you have a sewing machine and skills to operate it and you do not have any disease symptoms, write to us. We provide materials and masks pattern.
If you have materials (non-woven in the first place, 100% cotton in the second), elastics, ribbons and you can give them to us, please write to us.
If you know excluded social groups in which such masks would be useful - write!

Solidarity and self-organization with our weapons in the fight against coronavirus!

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