The United Arab Emirates and Get Us PPE successfully delivered over 275,000 pieces of PPE to over 100 facilities across the United States. It was a donation that took months of coordination at the highest levels. However, at the core of this donation was a simple gesture of goodwill, a team of dedicated volunteers, and a resilient spirit.
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 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.
With the recent Op-eds and media outlet reports regarding new, and highly transmissible, variants of COVID-19, N95 masks have become a highly sought form of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers and the public alike. But who should wear N95 masks?
A study found prolonged mask-wearing–specifically, the prolonged use of N95 masks–negatively affected hospital workers, causing headaches, acne and skin breakdown, and impaired cognition.
As COVID cases rise, more states are enforcing mask mandates, distribution of PPE creates “two-tier system,” and frontline workers share their stories.
The Big Picture An update on the number of cases and deaths from coronavirus: The United States, with the most daily cases in the world, is just short of 10.85 million cases as of Sunday night and more than 244,000 people have died from the disease. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa are seeing the highest case rates. With another 184,000 confirmed cases being added to the Johns Hopkins database, Friday, November 13 marked the fourth consecutive day the United States set a record for daily cases. Many experts warn this surge could be more fatal than the one we…
By: Varsha Venkatakrishna and Lauren Kerr GetUsPPE, alongside a coalition of labor and organizing partners, is hosting a HEROES ACT: Week of Action to urge the Senate to pass the HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act). The bill is comprehensive, covering medical supply chains, employees and families, and vulnerable groups. It aims to mitigate the economic and public health effects of future stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Passing the HEROES Act will be critical in mitigating the effects of future outbreaks, particularly as states begin reopening. In its current format, the act will: Scale the national…