Andrew Cuomo accepts Christian Siriano's offer to make masks for coronavirus fight
With many hospitals suffering from a shortage of masks during the fight against coronavirus, fashion designer Christian Siriano offered to make more. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took him up on it.
UPDATE: Christian Siriano and his team are making progress in the fight against coronavirus. On Friday, Siriano posted tweets showing the progress his team has made in producing new masks for New York state.
As of now, they've produced 1,000 new masks, neatly organized into packages and boxes. On top of that, Siriano says they will have 1,000 more ready in two days.
"We hope this helps so many people because they are helping all of us!" Siriano wrote in a tweet.
EARLIER: We live in strange times, but various people are stepping up in whatever ways they can. As coronavirus has spread across the world, it's become clear that masks are some of the most crucial medical supplies, since they can help stem the spread of the respiratory disease. Unfortunately, many hospitals across the country and world are short on masks (along with ventilators, another key supply for fighting coronavirus). So when fashion designer and Project Runway star Christian Siriano offered to sew some masks, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took him up on it.
If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some," Siriano tweeted on Friday. "I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help."
It didn't take long for Cuomo to respond: "We're in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much.Who's next?Let's do this together, NY!"
This cooperation might seem surreal, but it is very real. Siriano has updated his Instagram Story with footage of him (and/or his team members) already at work sewing masks. "Guys these will be very simple, it is not for fashion it's to help people," Siriano clarified in a caption.
This follows the news that shows like The Resident, The Good Doctor, and Grey's Anatomy would be donating the masks they use as props to local hospitals.
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