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PPE Weekly Briefing: PPE for Schools, Unprotected Hospital Workers, Long Term Effects of the Pandemic

By PPE Shortage Briefing, Schools

By Unnati Gupta The Big Picture Over 500,000 children have now been diagnosed with COVID-19 (almost 10% of the United States’ total cases): a shocking reminder that this pandemic is not over. While children are likely to have mild to no symptoms, COVID-19 rates in children bring significant concern to the susceptibility of multigenerational families, as children can easily spread this virus to others around them. Black and Hispanic children are being disproportionately affected, reflecting similar trends seen with adults.  Hospital Workers Left Unprotected As new demographics rapidly contract COVID-19, one story remains unchanged: the lack of PPE in hospitals….

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PPE Weekly Briefing: School reopenings, disparities in access, and change through art

By PPE Shortage Briefing, Schools

By Unnati Gupta, Blog writer at GetUsPPE The Big Picture As cases continue to rise, many states have started to slow in their case growth, but certain states like Georgia, California, and Texas have not yet seen the worst. A recent report leaked by the White House Task Force has advised Georgia to initiate a state-wide mask mandate. Following these recommendations, Republican governor Brain Kemp was scheduled to sign an executive order to mandate masks in public places but not private businesses. Many states have followed similar guidelines, but numbers have continuously shown that simply advising social distancing and mask-wearing…

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PPE Weekly Briefing: Health workers at increased risk, disparity widens across racial lines

By PPE Shortage Briefing

By Unnati Gupta, Blog writer at GetUsPPE  The Big Picture  An update on the numbers: the United States now has more than 4.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 160,000 total deaths. Numbers have continued to rise over the past week as the country struggled over mask mandates, PPE shortages, school reopenings, and more.  Healthcare Workers at Risk  With constant reports of PPE shortages in healthcare facilities, the notion that masks and gowns make healthcare workers immune to the virus has become widespread. While previous studies showed that healthcare workers are 10-20% more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than the…

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PPE Weekly Briefing: Mask Mandates, Supply Shortages, and Hopes for a Vaccine

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By Unnati Gupta, a blog writer at GetUsPPE.org. The Big Picture  An update on the numbers: the United States now has over 4.33 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 149,000 total deaths. The troubling data has pushed 30 states to mandate masks. Recently, governors in Minnesota, Ohio, and Indiana enacted mask-mandates in hopes of allowing businesses and schools to reopen. While some states are just beginning to mandate masks, California, the first state to order a lockdown, is facing severe consequences from reopening. Recently, California passed New York in total confirmed cases, reaching 417,000 coronavirus cases. A variety of factors have…

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“Can’t We Do Something?”: Creating Something Labs

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By Unnati Gupta As the country begins to reopen, the need for PPE has become masked and underrepresented. What started out as a shortage of N-95 masks has turned into an urgent need for gowns and shields. Something Labs, a nonprofit organization started in San Francisco and dedicated to providing PPE to essential workers, recognized the need for individuals providing PPE to understand and adapt to the changes in demand. Their story stems from a passion to share knowledge, resources, and hope.  When Eda Altiok (who has worked with GetUsPPE as a partnership lead since March) and her housemates heard…

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