#Masks4AllMalawi says speed is of the essence in the race-for-life against the fast-spreading deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The campaign has further stressed that the sooner Voluntary Universal Mask Usage (”VUMU”) is achieved the more citizens will be saved from COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a statement, #Masks4AllMalawi campaign has already raised in excess of €520,000 and made over 4.4 million masks.
“#Masks4AllMalawi has produced over 4.4 million made-in-Malawi community masks and distributed over 500,000 as part of their furious mission to achieve Voluntary Universal Mask Usage (“VUMU”) within Malawi in a matter of days, as per governmental and CDC advice.
“The speed at which VUMU is achieved depends on the amount of funding that the campaign achieves, but the projected range is between 2 and 3 weeks,” reads the statement in part.
Along with over 60 volunteers and experts from across 6 continents the campaign has raised in excess of €520,000.
The #Masks4AllMalawi campaign estimates that it can make and distribute Made-in-Malawi Community Masks to the total population of 19 million.
The campaign argues that the faster the country achieves UMU, the larger the proportion of Malawians that can avoid infection.
“Such avoidance can effectively boost the healthcare system’s capacity to care for those suffering from COVID-19 as well as non-COVID-19 cases,” the statement added.
An analysis of the potential impact of Universal Mask Usage as part of a comprehensive overall solution, reveals some potentially startling figures.
For instance, in Hong Kong, where Voluntary Universal Mask Usage (“VUMU”) appears to be in operation, there have been 15 reported cases per 100k population and 4 deaths, despite being bordered by China and having a densely populated population of 7.5 million.
This compares to 272 reported cases per 100,000 population in the UK where VUMU is not enforced.