COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is making its presence known in many countries around the world, and, at the time of this writing, is gaining traction. Switzerland has banned gatherings of more than 1000 people, and the Geneva International Motor Show has been canceled. Italy as well finds itself in the grips of one of the largest health crises of its time. In the so-called “red zone” in Italy, more than 50,000 people across 11 villages live under lockdown.
Understandably, people living in the countries affected by the coronavirus are seeking to protect themselves however they can. Often, this involves wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks. Paradoxically, however, production of PPE takes place in China -- the nation currently hardest hit by the coronavirus epidemic. Publications such as Wired and many others have been reporting on potential NR95 mask shortages globally, as China, a central part of the PPE supply chain, struggles to catch up with increased demand for safety masks.