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COVID-19, Face Masks, Face Shield, Personal Protection Equipment, PPE, Protection -

In March, people scrambled to get their hands on any personal protection equipment (PPE) they could find. At the time, N95 masks ran short, gloves were in as high demand as toilet paper, and we didn’t know if we’d have enough hand sanitizer to last as long as we needed. Since those early days of the coronavirus pandemic, things have drastically changed. Companies have shifted from making beauty products to every type of sanitizer imaginable, and luxury retailers are selling more masks (and accessories) than we can count. But now, it’s time to think about what we do with all that PPE we’ve racked up....

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After several months of suffering earlier this year, restaurants across the United States happily reopened their doors at the start of summer, with new protocols and cleaning procedures in place, expanded outdoor dining areas, and re-trained staff members. Couped up Americans, who had been locked inside for weeks began to venture out, adorning masks, to visit their favorite local restaurants and “feel normal” again, for an hour or two while enjoying their favorite meals.     ARE PEOPLE PAYING THE PRICE FOR DINING OUT?  However, a new study from the CDC may cause you to think twice before visiting an eating establishment in person anytime soon. The study, published in early September, cites that “adults who tested positive for...

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A new trend is emerging in the protective product arena: Face shields. As many states across the country start to reopen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to urge people to wear cloth face masks in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). However, some people remain understandably concerned about being exposed to the virus now that stay-at-home orders are being lifted. Whether they're looking for more protection or for a more comfortable face covering, there's been a rise in popularity of face shields (searches for "face shields" have peaked at their highest point, according to Google Trends). Yet, the CDC...

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PUBLISHED TUE, JUN 30 20208:11 AM EDTUPDATED TUE, JUN 30 20208:14 PM EDT   A federal face mask mandate would not only cut the daily growth rate of new confirmed cases of Covid-19, but could also save the U.S. economy from taking a 5% GDP hit in lieu of additional lockdowns, according to Goldman Sachs. Jan Hatzius, Goldman’s chief economist, said his team investigated the link between face masks and Covid-19 health and economic outcomes and found that facial coverings are associated with sizable and statistically significant results. “We find that face masks are associated with significantly better coronavirus outcomes,” Hatzius...

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The advantages of wearing a clear plastic face covering, and how to make your own in minutes by Renée Bacher and Christina Ianzito, AARP, June 15, 2020 By now we know we should be wearing face masks to protect others from potentially deadly infection when we leave the house. But face masks can be hot, and they can irritate the skin, fog glasses, make it difficult for some to breathe and create a world without smiles. It also can be difficult for people who have hearing loss to communicate when mouths are covered, muffling voices and hiding facial expressions. Are clear...

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