LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A shipment containing protective medical gear including 65,471 face masks and 16,427 isolation, sterile and non-sterile gowns is heading to China to assist health workers in combatting the deadly coronavirus.
The coronavirus was first reported in December 2019, and most recently there has been a shortage of medical supplies and hospital beds due to the lockdown in Wuhan and surrounding areas.
About SOS (formerly known as Supplies Over Seas):
SOS is a 501(c)3 global health organization based in Louisville that partners with hospitals and other medical institutions to recover surplus medical supplies and equipment that would otherwise go into landfills. The surplus is then redistributed to medically impoverished communities worldwide. Since 1993, SOS has saved more than three million pounds of medical supplies and equipment from landfills, and delivered health and hope to medically impoverished communities in 105 countries, including the United States. SOS is one of only seven accredited medical surplus recovery organizations across the U.S. and the only such organization serving Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Southern Ohio, northern Tennessee, and Alabama. For more information call 502-736-6360 or visit: http://www.suppliesoverseas.org.