Medical Masks for All

People wait in line outside NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Morrisania neighborhood health center, in Bronx, N.Y., April 20, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Massive purchase guarantees can ramp up production and create mask abundance.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the throes of an economic and public-health crisis, New York is now mandating that the public wear face masks. This comes on the heels of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House for broad use of cloth face masks in public. As cities and states around the country contemplate a path to normalcy and a potential lifting of strict economic shutdowns, masks will play a crucial role in slowing the spread of the virus while keeping front-line medical staff, essential grocery and transportation workers, and the general public safe.

But until now, the policy

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