Updated: July 10, 2020
The global count of COVID-19 cases has exceeded 12 million; global deaths have exceeded 500,000.
U.S. Coronavirus cases (and associated deaths) are steadily rising. As we enter the weekend, please remember to maintain social distance, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene (wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer – that doesn’t contain methanol), and cover your nose/mouth when you cough/sneeze.
Please be wary of the hand sanitizing products you are buying. There is an increasing number of illegal hand sanitizer products that, instead of containing ethanol, are being adultered with methanol (or wood alcohol). Refer to FDA’s list of brands/products that contain methanol. AVOID THESE PRODUCTS! Methanol is a toxic compound when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening if ingested. It is not supposed to be in hand sanitizers.
Factual Fridays: The Truth of Masks
Wearing a mask will not reduce your oxygen (O2) levels and will not cause carbon dioxide (CO2) buildup. Cloth face coverings and also properly fitted masks offer adequate airflow.
Increasing evidence shows that COVID-19 is spread asymptomatically (by those who do not show symptoms, at all). Wearing a mask protects others from YOU if you are potentially asymptomatic!
Even while wearing a mask, it is crucial to continue to social distance. While masks are protective (and protect others from your respiratory droplets), when it is combined with social distancing (and hand-washing, etc.), you are increasing protective measures for yourself and others!
As many states are requiring mask usage (and many individuals may or may not comply on a personal level), for fear of sounding like a broken record, we are revisiting the basics of mask usage in today’s Recommendations for Industry. Please feel free to share any of this (and the Truth of Masks) to those you believe need to see this.
Recommendations for Industry
Why Wear Masks.
As many areas of the U.S. see a resurgence of COVID-19 illness and even deaths, state, county and/or local mandates for mask usage in public spaces are increasing. But whether or not your locality is mandating usage, TAG recommends that all persons wear masks when in public, particularly indoors and when you cannot be six feet from others. Science continues to demonstrate that the virus can even be spread by those who are infected but are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic.
TAG’s recommendation is also backed by CDC which not only “recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”; but further highlights that: “Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.” Masks and face coverings provide a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face-covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice.
As depicted in TAG’s “Why Wear Masks” poster (available for free download here), masks can significantly reduce the potential for droplet spread from those who are infected with the virus.
TAG also provides a poster on Best Practices for Mask and Face Covering Usage (also available free free download here), to assist your employees in proper donning, doffing and general usage.
As of July 08, 2020 (08:30 ET), there are over 12,292,000 cases (>555,000 deaths) worldwide.
Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.
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