The Case for Masks (Again)

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in the United States in March, esteemed institutions including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Mayo Clinic, and Forbes have all made the case for why you (and everyone around you) should wear a mask.

Now, we’re making that case again, but with masks that do more.

In many states, COVID-19 cases continue to rise. At the same time, school districts and universities around the county are beginning to open their doors. Many Americans understandably feel a mix of anger, confusion, and fear. These feelings only intensify as the virus –and misinformation- spreads. 

As the coronavirus pandemic has become increasingly politicized and dangerous in the United States, other parts of the world are also seeing the debilitating effects of COVID-19. For example, in Egypt, Mayada went into labor while fighting off COVID-19 symptoms. Luckily, Mayada’s doctor had the equipment and training to ensure that her baby was born safely. Unfortunately, UNFPA estimates that nearly 30,000 women will die from preventable pregnancy and childbirth related causes due to COVID-19.   

Mayada Reda holds her healthy newborn son, Mohamed. She was able to safely deliver in a quarantine hospital in Cairo. © UNFPA Egypt/Roger Anis

For other women, like Alina in Kyrgyzstan, the economic effects of COVID-19 have had a difference effect. Her family faces increased food and housing insecurity and she has experienced violence at the hands of her partner. UNFPA estimates there will be 31 million additional cases of gender-based violence attributable to the virus.  

What you can do

To address the harmful impact of COVID-19 on women and girls, USA for UNFPA has partnered with 1AND1 Life to produce face masks that do more. 100 % of the proceeds from the masks ultimately benefit UNFPA’s COVID-19 response.  

You can keep yourself and your family safe from COVID-19 and help women around the world keep their families safe, too.  

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