Chinese community in country calls for face mask donations
With China facing a shortage of protective face masks and other protective gears in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese Community Club of Oman has urged for donations of such medical supplies to be sent to China.
Since the outbreak was first identified, Chinese governments and public health officials have recommended protective wear as a preventive measure which has led to shortage of medical supplies specifically face masks.
“The donation campaign has been initiated by the Chinese Community Club of Oman, with the support of individuals in Oman. At the moment in China there is a shortage of medical protective masks, eyewear, gloves and clothing,” Emily Fan, country director for Free Zone Watch, based in Oman and one of those collecting the donations, told Muscat Daily.
Emily said that such face masks are currently available at Muscat Pharmacy. “The goods will be delivered by China Southern Airlines from Dubai and then will be sent to Wuhan hospitals directly. Right now we are contacting Oman Air for support as well,” Emily said.
Donations can be made by contacting Emily on the number 95850891, or Ma Jing on 95778808. “We are looking to purchase large quantities from medical suppliers. Please reach out to Ma Jing if you are suppliers,” she added.
Meanwhile, people across the globe are stockpiling facial masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus. According to a Bloomberg report, Amazon and Alibaba had run out of stock as of Wednesday. Across China, Hong Kong and Singapore, people lined up for hours at stores and pharmacies hoping to secure dwindling supplies. People from San Francisco to Orlando said they were unable to find surgical masks at their usual outlets.
While the rush is global, Chinese people living abroad have been buying masks - especially the popular N95 variant made by 3M Co to send back to family members or resell them online.
The demand, however, is only likely to increase even though doubts have surfaced among the medical community about their effectiveness in curbing the disease, which some doctors say can spread through physical contact.