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Ever wonder who was responsible for America’s PPE supply?

Ever wonder who was responsible for America’s PPE supply?

Who was responsible pre-Covid? Why aren’t they being held accountable? The shortage of PPE across the country means the days of rocking up to a local distributor or pharmacy for supplies are gone, at least for now.   With much skinnier supply chains now, you have to...

Where is your PPE made?

Where is your PPE made?

Well, not very much of it is made in the US.  In fact, a medical insider tells us that 90 per cent, yes, nearly all of our PPE are made outside the US and imported. And where are they made?  China tops the list. Chinese manufacturers make the majority of the PPE we...

How “exactly” does COVID spread in offices or homes?

How “exactly” does COVID spread in offices or homes?

The main transmitters are people, as hosts of the coronavirus. COVID spreads through water droplets that contain the virus secreted by an infected person.  Secretions include saliva and respiratory droplets released from mouths or noses of infected people when they...

Why do we put up with this “red tape”?

Why do we put up with this “red tape”?

We are facing a serious problem: a shortage of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients.  And yet, we have a piece of state-based protectionist law called “certificate of need” or “CON Law” that is “artificially” suppressing the amount of medical equipment, beds and...

Not sure when to buy? Try this new “stockpile” formula

Not sure when to buy? Try this new “stockpile” formula

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rule of thumb is to have ready “6 to 8 weeks” of PPE stockpile, while the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also recommends the same amount of stockpiling.  These numbers have been analysed long...

What if an employee tests positive?

What if an employee tests positive?

Do we close our office? Call the CDC? Get tested?  No one expects hospitals to be germ and infection free. Expectations are LOW given the work environment. But for private practices this may often be the worst-case scenario. Could they “blacklist” us?Patients expect...

The August PPE shortage…how bad is it?

The August PPE shortage…how bad is it?

By late spring, the American healthcare sector was so desperate for PPE that even car giant Ford and cap-maker Stormy Kromer started making masks to fill the gap.  It didn’t work…PPE inventory is dangerously low in August.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

Can patients get away with “Moonshine” masks?

Can patients get away with “Moonshine” masks?

I love moonshine, but finding some that doesn’t give me a whopping hangover isn’t easy. That’s because home brews can be both amazing AND inconsistent in quality. So why would it be any different for masks? There is HUGE VARIATION in effectiveness. If patients are...

Why do people from “these” countries have no issues wearing masks?

Why do people from “these” countries have no issues wearing masks?

The entire population of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and China put on masks immediately after the coronavirus outbreak hit hard in late January.  Why did they put on masks so quickly with little resistance?  The reason can be found in what happened in...

Can Doctors enforce “no mask, no service”?

Can Doctors enforce “no mask, no service”?

Maybe. But there are so many reasons why Americans refuse to wear face-masks. Some say masks block their facial expressions. Others say it gives the government power to take away their freedom. For most, it is political because Trump doesn’t wear one. Many are taking...

Still not convinced about masks? Take this sneeze test

Still not convinced about masks? Take this sneeze test

Caption: How facemasks minimize droplet dispersion in three different scenarios (Credit: Thorax) DOWNLOAD FULL IMAGE The research, conducted by the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, compared the effectiveness of a one- and two-layer cloth face...