October 05, 2020
In Today’s Recommendations for Industry, we discuss CDC’s updated mask recommendations, Read more here.
The world has now topped 35M cases of COVID-19, with a total of 35,227,767 as of today, according to John Hopkins daily tracking.
New study findings suggest that loss of smell is a “highly specific COVID-19 symptom” and may even be a stand-alone symptom if the virus. Read the study.
As National Health Literacy Month, October is “a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.” One good way to do this is through the use of TAG’s easy-to-understand COVID-19 postable infographics. Read more at health.gov
Recommendations for Industry
In an update on mask usage, CDC states that it does not recommend the use of gaiters or face shields for COVID-19 protection. Although evaluation of these face covers is ongoing, their effectiveness is unknown at this time.
TAG agrees with the assessment; because gaiters are generally a single, thin layer and shields do not fit snugly against the nose and mouth, there may be a greater potential for droplet dispersal.
CDC recommends that masks:
Have two or more layers of fabric.
Be washable and breathable.
Be worn so as to completely cover your nose and mouth.
Fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps.
Read more CDC recommendations on masks for children and people with glasses.
As of October 02, 2020 (14:15 ET), there are over 34,422,000 cases (1,024,958 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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