Tiburon Middle Schoolers Make Masks and Suits to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

A group of sixth and seventh grade girls in Tiburon, California are doing their part to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Amid the coronavirus scare, a group of Del Mar Middle School students is using 3D printers, laser cutters and the skills they learned in class to help health professionals prevent the spread of infection.

We were worried that if it came to the U.S. there would be a shortage of materials like polypropylene masks,” said Nathaniel MacDonald, a computer aided design teacher and adviser for the girls’ engineering team. “So we immediately ordered materials that were available then so we can get them out to health officials.”

Twenty girls in sixth and seventh grades have been meeting before school, at lunch and on the weekends to make prototype N95 masks and hazmat suits for nurses, doctors and patients who might be infected. — Marin Independent Journal 

The girls are making 500 masks and suits that they hope the county can use in the event of a shortage. They have already reached out to county health officials.

“This project is a great example of showing that all of us have a part to play in responding to this epidemic,” Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County public health officer, told the Marin Independent Journal.

Willis has reached out to the CDC.

“I completely applaud what they are doing, but we have to go through the usual process of verifying the quality and gain authorization to use anything not coming through our normal supply channels,” he said.

Marin County has not yet experienced any known cases of coronavirus. On Wednesday, the state confirmed its first coronavirus-related death in Placer County.