Biden calls for mask mandate nationwide

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is suggesting a nationwide protective mask mandate. According to health experts, a mask mandate could save upwards of 40,000 lives in the next three months. Click here to read more.

Why Weren’t We Prepared?

In this feature article, presented by the Wall Street Journal, we understand how Scientists had been prepared to see a deadly virus rock the world and its economy: A pathogen that would be born in animals, spread to humans and do so silently making it impossible to track. This disease on scientists’ drawing boards was […]

California paid a price for mask shortage in dollars and lives, coronavirus study finds

A new UC Berkeley Labor Center study estimates that at least 15,800 essential workers would not have contracted the COVID-19 virus had California properly stocked their PPE reserves. The study urges government officials to stockpile masks, gloves, and other protective equipment in the future. Read the entire story here.

Most Protective Masks: Ranked

The New York Post has pulled some key information from the Duke University study on mask efficacy standards by ranking the most commonly worn masks from most to least protective. At the top are the N95 masks and polypropylene masks, while at the bottom are bandannas and neck gaiters. Use this information to keep yourself […]

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 […]

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 […]

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