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Hoopers Meet Heroes: Nets’ Garrett Temple and NYC’s Dr. Cleavon Gilman

By CloseUp360, Partners
Healthcare professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic risk their lives every day to save patients. They are the heroes. But, amidst the pandemic, they are dealing with their own crisis. Many healthcare professionals are facing an imminent shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). The need for PPE is especially dire in cities bracing for or enduring surges in COVID-19 cases. CloseUp360's “Hoopers Meet Heroes” video series connects NBA players with healthcare professionals. In each video, a player discusses the pandemic and the PPE shortage crisis with a healthcare professional in their city. In this video from the...
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What is PPE?

By PPE Insights
PPE means Personal Protective Equipment and can vary depending on the environment, contagion, etc, but its purpose, in the case of COVID-19, is to protect healthcare workers from exposure to SARS-CoV2. 1N95 RespiratorsThese masks are critical to protecting healthcare workers from droplets and aerosols. There are different classes of certifications for N95 masks. These are a critical need.2Surgical MasksThese masks do not offer as much protection against airborne viruses, however they can prevent patients from spreading, as well as give lower level protection for healthcare workers not working directly with COVID-19 patients.3Protective GogglesEyes are a key area where viruses can...
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Other Important COVID-19 Projects

By Advocacy

There are a lot of people working to bend the curve, support healthcare workers, find the best treatment and overall fight this pandemic. The following is a list of other projects you may be interested in following or contributing to. Data State responses and outcome reporting Medical Provider Information Sharing Medical Provider-only, anonymous (if you want) chat group (Slack + ID.me sponsored) Call For Ideas, conservation of PPE via JAMA Mental Health NAMI guide on mental health during this pandemic Medical Resources Fair Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources (NEJM), Ethics

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Help Ease Hospital Traffic

By Advocacy, PPE Insights

The first way to help is to stay home and practice social distancing – this is the most effective way to curb the spread. The less people that get sick, the less strain there is on the healthcare system. The CDC has published guidelines on what to do if you are sick. Here is a selection from the guidelines [SOURCE: CDC]: Stay home except to get medical care Stay home: Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public…

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How can I help?

By Advocacy No Comments

Thank you for your help! An easy and impactful way to help is to get the word out to your friends, family, and coworkers. Follow and share us widely on social media: Twitter (@getusppe), Facebook (getusppe.org), Instagram (@getusppe), LinkedIn (getusppe.org) Once you’ve done that, here are some ways you can get involved: Donate supplies from business, your garages and closets, or make them with the guides provided. On our site, you can quickly filter our database of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals accepting PPE contributions by Region, State, and Type of PPE requested. Each hospital has provided instructions on how they can receive donations most efficiently. If you need…

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