Co-Workers Lived Together in a Factory for 28 Days To Make Materials for PPE | 22 Words

A group of factory workers who lived together for an entire month in order to make materials used for vital PPE have been pictured for the first time...

 

Evidently, not all heroes wear capes.

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Some work tirelessly to make face masks and other protective equipment for all Americans far and wide, instead.

Because, as you will all be aware, the demand for PPE has never been so high.

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Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people all over the world have been scrambling to protect themselves in the best way possible.

Quite early on into the pandemic, researchers discovered that face masks were the most effective way of avoiding the virus...

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Combined with social distancing and good self-hygiene, of course.

And now, fast forward nearly a year...

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Face masks and social distancing have become our norm.

Most countries across the world have now made face masks compulsory in public spaces...

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So, for billions of people, wearing a face mask has become as instinctive as wearing shoes.

But, thanks to these far-spread regulations...

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The demand for face masks has been staggering.

PPE manufacturers have been working to the bone in order to keep up with the demand...

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And, sadly, this means that many factory workers have had to resort to pulling much longer hours than usual.

It's been a difficult few months...

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And even over the festive period, there has been no sign of the demand slowing down anytime soon.

But who are the people behind the masks?

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Well, Braskem America, a chemical manufacturing company, has recently released photos of their factory teams in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, and Neal, West Virginia, who all decided to live in the factory in order to keep up with the PPE demand.

At the end of March, eighty workers unanimously decided to eat and sleep at the factories...

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In order to keep up with their twenty-eight-days straight of twelve-hour shifts, where they manufactured face masks and surgical gowns.

Of course, these people are nothing short of heroes...

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And, since the news of the workers' selfless acts, people have been commending them for their bravery and their sacrifice.

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Braskem America shared this photo of the workers' makeshift sleeping quarters.

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Each facility provided air mattresses, cots, and sleeping bags for employees as they turned their break rooms and offices into sleeping dormitories. High-speed internet was also put in for video calls with loved ones and meals were catered from local restaurants for the workers.

Neal plant manager, Larry Kerrigan told ABC News:

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"They made it so easy and were committed to making sure we can make this material that folks need. It was a collective decision, from the leadership down to our newest hires."

Several employees explained that, while not ideal, the live-in work felt like the best way to keep their families and co-workers safe from possible COVID-19 exposure.

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"We had one guy whose spouse works in a hospital," Kerrigan said. "Being separated isn't easy, but it was best for each of them to be able to do their jobs safely."

A huge thank you to these incredible workers!

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