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The Need for a PPE Clearinghouse

By Advocacy, PPE Insights

Over the course of the pandemic, the marketplace for vetted, medical-grade PPE has been very difficult to navigate, particularly for small and underserved communities with smaller procurement budgets. Counterfeit PPE and price gouging have been rife as demand surged past need, so much so that the Department of Justice announced the formation of a COVID-19 Fraud Task Force in May 2021. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a website that lists manufacturers who produce FDA- and NIOSH-approved N95s, for the public good, an expanded and frequently updated, user-friendly federally regulated clearinghouse website should be created for all…

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Eye Protection for Healthcare Workers

By PPE Data, PPE Insights

While it is recommended for unvaccinated individuals to wear masks to protect one’s mouth, nose, and throat from getting infected with the coronavirus, health care professionals who work in medium to high exposure settings are also recommended to wear eye protection, such as face shields and safety goggles to limit eye exposure to air-borne respiratory droplets. This recommendation, suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and seconded by medical expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, is aimed at health care professionals with a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, to provide them with more methods of protection for the…

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