Beth Markel


Posted on March 31, 2020 by Beth Markel

If someone had told us on January 1, 2020 that between March 1 and April 1, 2020 we would be facing a world-wide pandemic and that untold millions of us would be in quarantine, or politically correct, “Stay safe at home” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we would simply have written them off as crazy. A “prepper.”  Or someone who saw catastrophe around every corner and generally mistrusted banks.

Worse yet is the reality that hundreds of thousands are sick with this virus, and that thousands more will fall victim to this disease before it’s all over.

 Many sewers and quilters are busy making face masks that are being used to cover N95 masks worn by front line medical and healthcare personnel. These masks are now used for more than one patient, and in fact are put in personnel lockers in brown paper bags to be used over and over.  Other homemade masks are being distributed to jails, police departments, elder-care facilities, and people who must go out to get something as simple as a gallon of milk and a dozen eggs. Numerous stores in my area now have special hours for Senior Shopping only, where some of the most at-risk group can shop first thing in the morning after the stores have been thoroughly cleaned overnight.

“Social” media has taken on a whole new meaning since many of us are meeting via zoom and skype, while many more are having church and larger group meetings live via social networks.

It’s hard to talk about art when the world is seemingly on fire.

So I’ll do what many others are doing and go back to making face masks for people who need them. It may not be earth-shattering, but it may help one person, who helps one person, who helps one person, who helps one person…

And we will get through this together.




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