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 […]

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 […]

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

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. Congressman McHenry Introduces Bipartisan American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act Read the […]

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/