Va. Beach Couple Giving Free Rides to Patients and Doctors as Coronavirus Spreads: 'It's What We Do'

As for Marigie — who works in surgery and wears masks daily — she says her creations are made with 100 percent cotton so that wearers can wash and reuse them.

“Right now, it’s like the simplest, the best way for you to protect yourself and others,” she explains. “I know it’s not like the N95s, but at least it helps to contain the highly infectious agent.”

After watching his wife jump into action, Paul hopes that others out there may follow suit, especially as the demand for masks continues to grow. (In addition to the shortage of N95 masks, the CDC recommended on Friday that Americans wear non-medical, cloth face masks if they go out in public.)

“Watching my wife do it, of course, I was like, ‘It’s incredible,'” he says. “But if people do have that talent, and they’re sitting around, obviously now with nothing to do, they should help.”

“I think everybody’s begging for masks,” Paul adds. “We’ve never been through this before. It’s really scary.”

The couple also urges others to stay vigilant about cleanliness and protection until the pandemic has officially passed.

“Think about others. Think about yourself first, but think about others,” Paul says. “People can’t just rush back into business without thinking of all the ramifications of not protecting themselves or other people.”

“It’s very easy to be lazy and not care about what’s going on,” he continues. “I think the importance of taking care of everybody else is pretty big.”

“I am scared, but what can you do?” adds Marigie. “You just have to continue protecting yourself and protect others.”

As of Friday afternoon, there have been at least 272,502 cases and 7,046 deaths attributed to coronavirus in the United States, according to the New York Times. In Virginia, there are at least 2,012 reported cases and 46 deaths, according to the Times.

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