Are Your Homemade Masks Protective Enough?

Mandates for mask use in public during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, worsened by global shortage of commercial supplies, have led to widespread use of homemade masks and mask alternatives. It is assumed that wearing such masks reduces the likelihood for an infected person to spread the disease, but many of these mask designs have not been tested in practice. A research article created by Duke University and published in Science Advances has demonstrated a simple optical measurement method to evaluate the efficacy of masks to reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech. Take a moment to read the abstract of their research to learn more.

 

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083

Kentucky COVID-19 daily totals may be artificially low because of IT error, Beshear says

After averaging over 500 daily cases for seven days, Kentucky announced only 275 positive tests Monday afternoon. However, Governor Beshear reported that these numbers are “artificially low” due to technology errors. He expects Deloitte, the vendor, to correct the problem as soon as possible. To read more, click here.

What Went Wrong? PPE Supply in America

In a metaphorical sense, the PPE shortage could represent the greater failures of the US healthcare system: well-known to be insufficient in a possible crisis, but never challenged to be changed until it was too late. Check out this informative article from Contagion Live is an important piece to digest and understand so we can from our mistakes.

https://www.contagionlive.com/news/ppe-in-the-united-states-what-went-wrong

Watch Out! Unsolicited PPE May Cause Harm

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is warning Kentuckians of a potential scam related to unsolicited packages from foreign countries.

They said many Kentuckians have received packages containing masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) in the mail they didn’t order. Check out this article from wave3 news to read the full story: https://www.wave3.com/2020/08/06/dont-wear-masks-ppe-you-didnt-order-ky-homeland-security-says/

Mississippi teacher’s death during first week of school stokes COVID-19 outbreak fears

Schools are set to go back, but is it to quick to put students back in classrooms? In Mississippi, a teacher died of COVID-19 sparking fear and anger within the community and around the country. Nacoma James was only 42 years old when she passed from COVID-19 symptoms during self-quarantine. If teachers and students return to the classrooms for the first time since March, strict guidelines and adequate PPE needs to be made available to schools in towns both big and small. Click HERE to read the full article.

FDA’s Shifting Standards for Chinese Face Masks Fuel Confusion

The FDA has changed its mind about allowing Chinese-made KN95 masks to be used by healthcare workers several times, fueling confusion in State governments as they scramble to figure out if masks that they bought in the beginning months of the pandemic are safe and effective.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/fdas-shifting-standards-for-chinese-face-masks-fuel-confusion-11596460191?mod=ig_coronavirus

PPE 101: The do’s and don’ts of donning and doffing

A helpful guide from the American Medical Association about what to do and what not to do when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

https://www.ama-assn.org/residents-students/residency/ppe-101-dos-and-donts-donning-and-doffing

Nurses’ Pleas Spur U.S. Pledge to Tap 44 Million-Mask Stockpile

There are millions of N95 respirators in the United States’ Strategic National Stockpile and more respirators are being ordered, but many experts within the nursing industry are urging the government to give out the respirators now.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-31/nurses-pleas-spur-u-s-pledge-to-tap-44-million-mask-stockpile