A vendor of masks and gloves anticoronavirus generates up to $2,000 daily in the street of Brooklyn

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While, from the hospitals, nurses and doctors cry for help before a shortage of supplies

A vendor of masks and gloves anticoronavirus generates up to $2,000 daily in the street of Brooklyn

The lack of masks for the staff of health is a latent problem in the united States.

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ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP / Getty Images

Not only in the trains of the Subway of the City of New York you see street vendors of special protective equipment against coronavirus that is in short supply in the health institutions; in the middle of the street, you see people that offer the items at retail.

Just this Monday, the New York Post raved about the presence of a seller in the area Bushwick, Brooklyn, close to a pharmacy Raid Aid at Broadway and Halsey street.

About 40 people bought masks and gloves to the man in a period of half an hour, he said to the newspaper.

The face mask sold them for $2 a single or six for $10; the of washable fabric cost $4 each. The mask KN95 — a chinese version of the N95 — $5.99 each.

One of the clients, identified as Erika Mills, said he buys the materials on the street because “the prices are better than in any other place, and it is safe because it is on the outside”. He added that it is the second time that you go to the street vendor.

The trader who only identified himself as “Jay” said he had been working in that corner since Saturday, from 2 p. m. until hours of the night.

The interviewee commented, in addition, it works with “different providers”; and that, generally, earn $600 per day for a net total of $2,000 in sales.

“It is my decision to keep the prices low. There is an epidemic, but at the same time, I need to feed my family”, declared to the newspaper.

Although for some, like Anthony Dominguez, which makes the seller is “a great service to the community”; on the other hand, it is a reality that the sale is not legal, and protective equipment such as this is scarce even in health centres, putting at risk the professionals who care for patients with coronavirus.

In New York, just a week ago, medical staff at Mount Sinai West, where he died a nurse victim of the COVID-19they prayed for masks because he had to use plastic trash bags to protect themselves.