Of all the COVID-19 problems facing America, the mask shortage might be the most baffling. Masks are now so impossible to find that health-care workers are reusing theirs multiple times.
Grocery-store workers, who are at high risk of contracting the virus, have been denied masks for months. The new trend of creating homemade masks is increasing the spread of the virus due to the ineffectiveness of the fabrics which they are made.
Many of the masks are manufactured in China; the country slowed mask manufacturing and stopped shipping them to the U.S. during its own coronavirus outbreak.
But the United States was supposed to have its own supply of masks in the Strategic National Stockpile, a secret hiding place for emergency supplies stored in an undisclosed number of warehouses around the country. As of April 1st, it was nearly depleted.
WHY THE STRATEGIC NATIONAL STOCKPILE IS OUT OF MASKS?