Lab Gear from Woods Hole Science Institutions Headed to Hospitals
Science centers in Woods Hole are trying to do their part, as hospitals across the region put out pleas for more n-95 face masks and other gear to protect healthcare workers from coronavirus infection.
Ken Buesseler, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said just a little bit of effort went a long way.
"In just one day, my lab, 6 people, we found 1,500 pairs of gloves," Buesseler said. "We found 30 spare booties. We found some eye protection. So it feels good to be contributing locally. I think that’s the scale where the responses have been best."
Buesseler said it makes no sense to keep their gear sitting in a lab.
"People realize that we have equipment that we can’t use," he said. "So this is the opposite of hoarding, I call it. This is a way to actually make a difference as an individual, as a lab, as an institution."
The Marine Biological Laboratory is also working with Cape Cod Healthcare to donate gear.