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With hospitals preparing to face a tsunami of COVID-19 patients, many are already facing shortages of critical protective equipment, in particular, the N95 masks that keep doctors and nurses safe while treating patients with the disease.
New York is particularly hard-hit, with 15,000 cases so far. One hospital in New York City says that it uses 40,000 N95 masks every day, so the need to maintain a robust supply of the masks is keenly felt.