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Coronavirus NYC: Dentist handing out free face masks to patient’s caregivers, others in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — It may look like she is jousting, but in fact, Dr. Alisa Kauffman is fighting to keep people healthy.

She is a dentist who usually makes house calls to the homebound elderly in Manhattan, but these days, it’s all about tele-dentistry and giving out masks.

“It’s just a simple surgical mask,” she said, “The ones all dentists use commonly.”

She was proactive when it came to her patients and their caregivers.

“In early March I was telling all of the caregivers, ‘You need to start wearing a mask, you’re traveling on public transportation, you’re taking care of sick people,'” Dr. Kauffman said.

And then she started giving them away.

She has given out hundreds; each bagged, to minimize germs, dangling at the end of a long pole.

Dr. Kauffman has asthma, which puts her at high risk for complications from the new coronavirus, but she’s

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