Restoring Faith in Humanity
The COVID-19 virus outbreak may be dismal but we have seen how it brings everyone together in this situation. We’ve curated some of the things that are restoring our faith in humanity, and hope it brings some cheer to you.
Designers come together to help frontline heroes
We are seeing designers from all over the world come down together to help with the frontline heroes battling the virus outbreak. In Indonesia, the couture house Hian Tjen worked with local textile suppliers to transform their couture studio to manufacture a crucial piece for frontliners – the medical gown.
On the other side of the world, designers such as Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell also used their fashion studio to produce masks and gowns for healthcare professionals in New York City (NYC). During the chaos, Brandon also brought joy to women financially impacted by the pandemic, by giving three women each a wedding gown from his own range of designs. He collaborated with other brands and celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger to help these women complete their wedding look flawlessly.
Influencers using #socialforgoood
Influencers such as Chiara Ferragni are making use of their online presence to raise funds for the intensive care area for COVID-19 infected patients. The crowdfunding campaign collected a total amount of EUR4.3 million and is still ongoing with more than 200,000 donors from all over the world giving to a hospital in San Raffaele Hospital in Italy.
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This is to fully explain the situation to all my foreigner followers (70% of my 18.7 millions) who clearly don’t understand the situation here in Italy at the moment: IT IS BAD. We have more than 10.000 cases, more than 600 deaths and more than 5000 people at the hospitals with bad conditions. The hospitals are not ready for all these cases and doctors and nurses are doing all they can to help as many as possible but if the number of sick doesn’t slow down they’ll have to start choosing patients based on how young and likely to survive they are. @fedez and I started a crowdfunding on Monday to help a hospital in Milan and it got over 3.6 millions € in offers and so many other people started collecting for other hospitals but there is still a lot that has to be done. The State decided to LOCK ALL OF THE ITALIANS inside their houses til April 3rd to prevent the virus to spread even more and to avoid the whole system and hospitals to collapse. We’re all living in quarantene right now, like some cities in China have done this past month. So please, start the awareness and understand that this is not a common flu and it’s way more dangerous for all of us: STAY IN as much as possible in this critical time. And If you can, help telling others to be careful and help Italy with its hospitals 🙏🏻
Conglomerates modify production lines to contribute
Conglomerate brands like LVMH, KERING and LOREAL are some of the big brands out there taking the initiative to help the fight against the virus. They have modified their perfumes and cosmetics factories to produce hand sanitisers that are also in scarcity.
Making reusable masks
A huge movement of people such as fashion students based in Milan, Prague and NYC (main pic) have begun to produce reusable masks. With sewing kits and cotton fabrics they have on end, they are making masks for the healthcare workers to wear on top of the medical masks for extra protection. This also enables the healthcare workers to reuse the N95 masks with the scarcity of such masks at this time.
One of the ways to respond to the scarcity of surgical masks right now, is to purchase or make our own reusable masks made from cotton fabrics with protective filters, and prioritising the surgical masks to be given to healthcare workers. A good example in Singapore, is Mrs Sheila Koo, a 68 year old semi-retired sales manager. Mrs Koo has made DIY masks with Japanese cotton to be distributed to her friends.
We can each do our part to fight the virus. Every little effort and awareness can help keep infections from rising so healthcare workers can focus on helping those already in need. At Girlsourced, working remotely is something we have already been familiar with as our team and stylists are based all around the world. In addition to this, we have cancelled travel plans and stepped up efforts to keep our meetings virtual since the beginning of March.
Let us all continue to do our part at this time in the small ways we can – from staying home to social distancing to wearing reusable masks, and reserving medical supplies such as masks for frontliners.
Stay safe and this too shall pass!