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?
One of the most important reasons is the fact that in 2009 they distributed 85 million N95 masks to fight the flu. This great expense has dragged him down to this day in the face of this global pandemic.
These 85 million N95 masks were never supplied back into the reserve, which means that it is a reserve in which they did not invest with a future plan.
The US Food and Drug Administration announced that it has canceled the approval for some manufacturers in China to sell N95 respirators in the United States because they do not comply with the regulations, which are highly restrictive in China and follow a controlled process.