Congress Passes Bill to Support American Made PPE

The Pilot News reported that Indiana Representative, Jackie Walorski (R-Ind), developed a bipartisan bill that passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on September 23rd. The new legislation will boost the production of American made PPE by overhauling the Strategic National Stockpile to reduce, and eventually end, the dependence on China for medical supplies.

Congresswoman Walorski worked diligently with Democratic Michigan Representatives Susan Brooks (D-Mich) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) to push write and pass the bill. Click HERE or the link below to read the full Story from Pilot News to digest how both sides of the aisle in Congress are working together to protect our frontline healthcare workers with quality protective equipment.

 

https://www.thepilotnews.com/news/house-passes-walorski-bill-to-boost-made-in-america-ppe/article_20e696ce-fdb3-11ea-82e9-431a4c636c9d.html

The N95 shortage America can’t seem to fix

In this article from the Washington Post, Jessica Contrera details America’s N95 shortage, alongside one nurse’s heartbreaking battle to protect herself at work. It is evident that her struggle is becoming commonplace in the healthcare industry. Sadly, it won’t end until America resolves its major supply chain issues surrounding PPE.

CDC Removes Guidelines Saying Coronavirus Can Spread From Tiny Air Particles

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control pulled new guidelines acknowledging the new coronavirus could be transmitted by tiny particles that linger in the air, saying a draft version of proposed changes was posted in error on the agency’s website.

For months, the CDC said the new coronavirus is primarily transmitted between people in close contact through large droplets that land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. On Friday, however, it added that tiny particles known as aerosols could transmit the virus.

Then abruptly on Monday, the CDC reversed course and removed the additions. Much of the guidelines’ earlier description of Covid-19 transmission, emphasizing spread via large droplets, was restored.”

For further information, read the full article.

Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air

“The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread ‘through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,’ which are produced even when a person breathes.

‘Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,’ the site now says.

Previously, the CDC page said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and ‘through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.'”

 

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US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline

(CNN) Daily US coronavirus cases have been ticking up recently, a trend medical experts have said they won’t want to see as a potentially complicated flu season approaches. New daily cases averaged about 39,700 over a week as of Thursday — and that average has risen the past five days, data from Johns Hopkins University show. This comes after weeks of decline from a summer surge. It’s well below the summer peak average of 67,300 on July 22. But health experts have said they fear it might be too high to prevent big spikes this fall, as colder weather sends more people indoors, increasing the risk of spreading both Covid-19 and the flu.” To read the full article, click here.

Why Can’t America Make Enough N95 Masks? 6 Months Into Pandemic, Shortages Persist

Earlier this week, NPR interviewed Joel Rose about America’s PPE shortages. Now, he has published an article further detailing his findings. To read the article, click here.

Bills to Exempt PPE Purchases from Tax

Here is an interesting article from MiBiz that explains why employers will be exempt from sales tax. Employers could buy pandemic-related personal protection equipment without having to pay state sales or use taxes under proposed statewide legislation. The state House Tax Policy Committee began reviewing two bills this week that would exempt from sales and use taxes the purchase of PPE and supplies such as disinfectants and sanitizers, plus equipment like plexiglass for barriers to prevent exposure to COVID-19. Click below to read the rest of the story.

 

 

https://mibiz.com/sections/economic-development/bills-would-exempt-ppe-purchases-from-sales-use-tax-for-employers

NPR Probes Why Personal Protective Equipment Is Still In Short Supply

In this five minute interview, Joel Rose does a deep dive into America’s dramatic PPE shortage, and examines possible solutions. Click here to listen.