Why NYC?

We are connecting the supply and demand of PPE in the greater New York area.

"We all think we’re screwed. I know without any doubt that I’m going to lose colleagues. There’s just no way around it."
- Kimberly Marsh, nurse at Westchester Medical Center (via The New York Times)
A constantly evolving situation.
On March 7, 2020, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency with the goal of limiting the spread of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. At the time, there were 76 confirmed cases of the disease. Now, hundreds of thousands of people in the state are infected.

As some parts of New York begin the slow process of reopening low-risk economic activity, New York City and surrounding areas largely remain shut down to slow the further spread of the virus. Health care providers and other essential workers continue to fight the virus, risking their personal safety every day while faced with a massive shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).
“I feel like we’re all just being sent to slaughter.”
- Thomas Riley, a nurse at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx (via The New York Times)
The need for PPE.
COVID-19 is transmitted from person-to-person through droplet transmission. This is why health care workers and other essential personnel need PPE to keep themselves and their families safe. PPE includes face masks, face shields, gowns, shoe covers, safety glasses, and nitrile gloves, all of which can prevent the spread of virus-containing droplets.

Adequate supplies of PPE are also necessary to conduct widespread COVID-19 virus and antibody testing. COVID-19 testing must be administered with PPE, and healthcare workers caring for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients must don and doff their PPE appropriately and frequently to prevent transmission to patients, coworkers, loved ones, and themselves.
“Our labor has been considered essential. Our health has been considered negotiable and our lives are considered expendable.”
- Seth Rosenberg, a MTA subway operator (via The Guardian)
A state in need.
While the majority of us are staying home, over a million NYC residents risk exposure to COVID-19 by continuing to go to work. These are the people that keep the city running—the transportation workers, the postal service workers, and the sanitation workers. While essential personnel are legally required to wear face coverings when interacting with the public, those working behind the scenes are still at risk of infection. Other vulnerable populations, such as those experiencing homelessness and working at shelters, also have limited access to PPE.

For New York to overcome this, we must collaborate and provide our healthcare heroes and essential workers with the PPE that they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. Join the fight.
“We will get through this because we are New Yorkers - we are strong, we have endurance and we have stability.”
- NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, March 29, 2020

We need your help as we continue to provide PPE for essential workers.