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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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Generation Zoom

Generation Z(oom) Part I: Back to School, Sort Of

By Schools

Welcome to Get Us PPE’s new series, Generation Z(oom): High school senior Anna Dai-Liu chronicles the historic 2020-2021 school year from the perspective of students, teachers, and others to learn how the pandemic is changing education.  By Anna Dai-Liu There’s a pair of heels in the top shelf of my closet that sit untouched. They were supposed to click across the hall of a museum, or tap across the tiled floors of a dance floor, or patter across a field of grass quickly before the knife-like stilettos began to sink into the mud. Now the only floor they ever touch…

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Hand-drawn picture of Esther Choo by Ethan Goldsmith

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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social distanced children in a school classroom needing masks and PPE

Back-to-School PPE Needs to Keep Students and Teachers Safe

By PPE Insights, Schools

By Deepthi Sathya As the end of summer vacation draws near, many uncertainties remain for local leaders tasked to safely reopen schools, businesses, and other facilities. One thing we know for sure—school this fall will look very different than usual. Some schools are offering a blended in-person teaching schedule, where students can go to school in-person for a few days per week. However, this leaves many working parents concerned about child care options.  Teachers and administrators, on the other hand, are worried about the lack of funding in some schools, and how it will affect the availability of PPE to…

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Hancock Park Elementary School Students

Kindergarten Class Votes to Donate Field Trip Funds to Help Healthcare Workers

By PPE Insights, Schools

In Los Angeles, California, a year spent learning about the power of kindness has paid off for a class of kindergartners at Hancock Park Elementary.  For many students in America, the Spring 2020 semester started off like any other. Christine Choi’s class of five and six-year-olds was no exception. They were tasked with raising money for a number of field trips planned for the latter half of the semester. But when COVID-19 began to spread in early March in the U.S, many schools made the difficult decision to suspend in-person classes after Spring Break, canceling group activities, including the field…

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