Which Mask is Better to Use Against COVID-19?
Cloth Maskvs. Surgical Mask
Before the question of wearing a mask became political; doctors, scientists, and those suffering from asthmatic problems around the world have worn them to protect themselves from harmful particles in the air, viruses, and previous pandemics.
Facemasksoffer protection from particulate matter of all sizes. They’re also helpful for people who work in factory environments. But, as you now know, they help prevent disease. The facemask prevents your saliva particles from attaching itself to others – and the mask also prevents entry from harmful microscopic particles.
The quality and type of mask you have defines what level of protection you have and are offering to those around you.
Masks were never a trending fashion statement . . . until 2020.
Since we live in an Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok world – even the most mundane and basics of PPE are now subject to the fashion police’s scrutiny. More importantly, more attractive masks often may become the reason why someone wears a mask or doesn’t.
This has brought into the marketplace several attractive or trendy masks which may not actually be helping protect you or those around you from the coronavirus.
Cloth Mask vs. Surgical MaskSo, which is better? Honestly, there are many masks now in the marketplace that are very effective against viruses like the one that causes COVID19. The most commonly known mask; N95 is meant for medical use, but it has been quickly adapted as the “go-to” mask for several who want optimum protection. N95 masks are good, as long as they have NIOSH approval. This certification is issued by the CDC to masks that pass their rigorous test. So if you’re in the market for a non-cloth mask, your best bet is to find a mask like the Venus CN95+ or Magnum N95. How will you know if your NIOSH certification is valid? It’s pretty easy. The CDC has put up a guideline of how to spot the real deal here.
In several independent scientific studies it has been shown that the cloth mask helps prevents droplets from being released outside. It’s perfectly acceptable to wear in public settings. But, for greater protection against micro particles, surgical masks like the CN95+ or NIOSH Approved N95 are superior in many ways.
As long as you ensure that your mask is certified or approved by the CDC or FDA, you will definitely be well equipped to step out into public.
So, which is better? It depends on usage, but the N95 is a much better choice, if you have the option, choose us and choose it over the cloth mask
If you’re a medical office, chances are your patients are desperately in need you to reopen during the coronavirus. While hospitals continue being inundated with patients, it is the private medical practice that serves as a way to treat other ailments and continue providing medical assistance to those in need. At Pipeline Medical, in addition to streamlining medical supply, we want to ensure that you continue offering the same great service to your patients in this time of need. Since the onset of the coronavirus, it is not just surgeons and medical practitioners who have turned to PPE. Every office, school, retail shop, and restaurant is now utilizing items, which once were allocated strictly for medical personnel. Due to this severe increase in demand, it is now more important than ever to ensure you have enough personal protective equipment for your staff and your patients. The FDA, for the first time in history has created two lists pertaining to PPE. The first is the PPE shortage list. This clearly indicates PPE items that are running short right now and their expected date of replenishment.
COVID-19 has been an overall wake-up call for the world. While the virus and its biological effects take a toll on the health of millions around the world, the economic impact from the disease has been hard hitting. The United States weekly unemployment numbers were at 4.4 million ending the week of April 23, 2020. Some total 26 million total jobless claims in the short span of 5 weeks. There’s little surprise that the people who are suffering the most at this time are those in the travel & hospitality industries. Companies like Walt Disney World and Marriott both announced furloughs for staff, leaving several with no source of income during these uncertain times. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, the company that runs 50 hotels in the US let go of 4,000 employees. Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group let go of 2,000 employees.
Personal protective equipment or PPE is a hot commodity. Demand has skyrocketed way beyond the current supply. It's a world’s race to obtain products to protect workers and citizens across the globe. As a medical supply company for 13 years, we’re seasoned at spotting fraud, cheaters, and fake products. Never have we seen a market so full of suspicious products and people vying to cheat you out of money and time. Buyer Beware There are many challenges when navigating the PPE world and its deals.
Flattening the Curve & How New Zealand Got to Zero Cases and Achieved 100+ days without Community Spread of the Coronavirus
By now, you've ogled at and interpreted several charts, graphs, all relating to COVID-19, especially those talking about flattening the curve. In simple terms to flatten the curve of a disease means trying to ensure that there is a delay in contagion from one person to another - and slow down the spread of a virus to tackle it patient to patient. If all people get sick at the same time there will not be enough hospital beds to save them. By wearing masks and other PPE, practicing social distancing, the virus has a lower chance of succeeding and infecting others. Hence the curve starts to flatten. Several states across the U.S. have started reopening the economy, which means in order to truly follow the guidelines given by the CDC on flattening the curve - everyone should be wearing a mask and practicing social distancing to avoid spread of the coronavirus.
Back orders and allocations are inevitable in any industry, and especially susceptible in the medical industry. With such a high demand for supplies, manufacturers either do not make a sufficient amount of products to match the rising number of sales or distributors warehouses underpredict how much stock would be needed. Sometimes, unforeseen natural disasters occur, leaving manufacturers and distributors without the opportunity to fulfill any orders. In 2018, there was an IV bag shortage due to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico; the Hurricane “amplified the IV bag shortage, in particular, sodium chloride 0.9% injection bags, which are ubiquitous in medical facilities and hospitals”. As a result, clients (in our case, physician offices, surgery centers, medical spas, biological laboratories) were left at large, scrambling to find any distributor with remaining stock to avoid disruptions in procedures.