Marymount University faculty member William Allen, an award-winning fashion designer, is using his creative talents and those of his students to help boost the amount of crucial PPE available at the Arlington Free Clinic.
On Monday afternoon, Allen will deliver about 120 protective “fashion masks” that can be used by patients, volunteers, staff and visitors. Created by students in Marymount’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program as well as Allen himself, these masks are made of breathable cotton and are washable and reversible, and contain a nonwoven polypropylene filter inside.
After intensive research, Allen says the masks are about as protective as surgical masks, which have an 89 percent protective barrier against bacteria and small particles.
Due to health and safety concerns, media members cannot enter the Free Clinic. However, media are welcome to film/photograph outside of the Free Clinic where the delivery will take place.
The Arlington Free Clinic provides free, high-quality health care to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults through the generosity of donors and volunteers.