Congressman McHenry Introduces Bipartisan American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act

The bipartisan bill known as the American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act was introduced to Congress yesterday by Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) and Congressman Bill Pascrall Jr. (D-NJ-9). This bill will help America reduce its reliance on foreign-made PPE, particularly PPE from China.

Read the full text of the bill here:

https://mchenry.house.gov/uploadedfiles/american_ppe_supply_chain_integrity_act.pdf

 

A Viral Epidemic Splintering Into Deadly Pieces

The New York Times published an excellent rundown and profile of the entire country and its progress in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as what potentially lies ahead for Americans.

The PPE Supply Chain is a Black Box—that Needs to Change

In this recent Fortune article, the authors discuss how there is little transparency about the PPE supply chain. Most shockingly, the authors cite a study that found that the three largest PPE producers in the country (3M, Honeywell International and MSA Safety) have released zero details about their supply chains.

https://fortune.com/2020/07/25/ppe-supply-chain-national-security/

Paging Dr. Hamblin: Is a Bandanna a Mask?

In a perfect world, the supply of 3-ply masks across the United States for everyone to wear a 3-ply surgical mask. However, since there are not enough surgical masks for everyone, this article details how to maximize the effectiveness of your cloth mask.

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/07/paging-dr-hamblin-cloth-masks-wash/614479/

Beshear to Close Bars, Limit Indoor Dining for Two Weeks Starting July 28

Governor Beshear announced today that starting at 5 pm tomorrow, all bars would be closed down and restaurants would revert back to 25% capacity indoors for the next two weeks. Read the rest of the mandate here:

https://www.wdrb.com/news/business/beshear-to-close-bars-limit-indoor-dining-for-two-weeks-starting-july-28/article_6b59308a-d03c-11ea-8b75-9bd6089c2f95.html

FEMA Sends Faulty Protective Gear to Nursing Homes Battling Virus

In the early days of the pandemic, FEMA hurriedly sent faulty protective gear to hospitals and nursing homes, further exacerbating the PPE supply shortage. While FEMA has taken steps to mitigate this risk, some nursing homes still say that they are receiving inadequate PPE supplies.

FEMA Head: ‘We have a ways to go’ on Having Enough PPE

The head of FEMA, Pete Gaynor, told Congress yesterday that while the United States is in a much better place than March when it comes to PPE, the country still has a long way to go before there will be enough PPE.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/508520-fema-head-we-have-a-ways-to-go-on-having-enough-ppe

Top Health Officials Have Changed Their Minds About Face Mask Guidance — but for Good Reason

A great rundown from CNN discussing all anyone would want to know about face masks.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/19/health/face-masks-us-guidance/index.html

Face Masks Really Do Matter. The Scientific Evidence Is Growing.

As scientists and others have been saying for months, wearing face masks represents the best way to slow the growth of COVID-19. While many scientists at first assumed that face masks would keep others safe, new evidence has emerged that while keeping those around you safe, face masks also give the wearer protection as well.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/face-masks-really-do-matter-the-scientific-evidence-is-growing-11595083298

South Carolina Senator has a Message for US Companies in Need of PPE

South Carolina Senator, Lindsey Graham, is reiterating his call for American companies to buy Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from American suppliers. But this is not as easy as the call seems, as China has laid a solid foundation for PPE manufacturing & supply chain success. Check out the link below to read the New York Post‘s article highlighting Senator Graham’s comments.

 

https://nypost.com/2020/07/16/sen-lindsey-graham-calls-for-legislation-on-us-made-ppes/