Students take action on COVID-19

Medical student Marcus Lo displays some of the donated PPE

Medical student Marcus Lo displays some of the donated PPE. Photo courtesy of PPE Kingston

A group of Queen’s medical students is getting much-needed supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to community clinics, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The group, PPE Kingston, has partnered with the Ontario  Medical Association to distribute supplies across Southeastern Ontario. As well as accepting donations of masks, gowns, gloves, and other supplies from the community, the group is now accepting monetary donations in order to make bulk purchases of the most-needed PPE items.  PPE Kingston recently received a major boost when it received two donations of 1,000 N95 masks from alumni Michele Romanow (Sc’07, MBA’08), entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star, and Anatoliy Melnichuk (Sc’07, Artsci’08), Head of Sales at Groupon. 

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering grad students and researchers are among those who have gone back to the lab to produce isopropanol hand sanitizer for local hospitals.

Chemistry doctoral student Emily Albright and post-doctoral fellow Dr. Joseph DeJesus are part of the team making hand sanitizer for Kingston hospitals.

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