N95 masks continue to be in short supply for hospitals and other healthcare professionals despite an excess supply. Meanwhile, PPE sold on WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, has allowed sellers to gouge prices despite a federal crackdown on the practice.
A shift in the N95 masks supply-demand chain has caused a disconnect between emerging PPE manufacturers and the healthcare workers that need the life-saving equipment as the nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to strike our nation, infections, hospitalizations, and death tolls rise, leaving hospitals and smaller facilities, like nursing homes and schools, with shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Big Picture Experts are warning we are officially in the third surge of the coronavirus pandemic. An update on the numbers: the United States recorded over 8.5 million coronavirus cases and 224,000 deaths. North Dakota, South Dakota, and Louisiana have the highest case rates (cases per 100,000), but cases are no longer rising solely in the South. States around the country are reporting record surges of cases, and some hospitals are already being overwhelmed. Case Surge and Mask Mandate CNN reports the country’s seven-day average of new daily cases has increased 84% since September. Public health officials warn that…
GETUSPPE.ORG & PROJECT N95 COMBINE FORCES TO CREATE THE LARGEST DEMAND SIDE DATABASE FOR PPE NATIONWIDE GetUsPPE and Project N95, two relief organizations addressing the critical shortage of PPE supply, today announced a national partnership to more efficiently source, match, and deliver PPE to healthcare providers. With this partnership, Project N95 and GetUsPPE combine their extensive PPE demand databases into the Demand Data Hub, designed to be the single destination for healthcare workers to report their PPE needs, and the nation’s authoritative source for PPE demand data. The Demand Data Hub now includes PPE requests from over 7,000 healthcare facilities….