Stitch Remnants and Fabric Into Masks
Maura Mahoney, The Chronicle of Higher Education
With concerns mounting over the shortage of masks and mask covers for health-care workers, Maria Varela, a fashion-studies major at Columbia College Chicago, realized that her ability to sew suddenly had new value. Varela soon joined the faculty in her department on #ColumbiaMakesMasks, a project to create covers for medical-grade N-95 masks to prolong their usable life.
The work at Columbia College Chicago is just one example of how institutions across the country are contributing to the “war effort” to contain and fight the coronavirus—and mitigate its social and financial effects.