The wearing of cloth masks doesn’t mean that employees should stop following social distancing guidelines. In fact, social distancing guidelines must be followed at all times.
Mask & Respirators
Viral droplets from a sneeze can even travel 23 to 27 feet.
One hospital has asked workers to consider shaving their beards.
Face shields are durable and can be cleaned and reused repeatedly, thereby eliminating the problem of shortages.
Because of the shortage of N95 masks, surgical masks have been used. But they don't offer nearly the same protection.
In terms of practical applications, one cannot get much more practical than a rice cooker when it comes to decontaminating face masks.
Lisa Brosseau, ScD: "What we’re seeing is a lot of magical thinking. A lot of wishful thinking. Cloth masks are wishful thinking."
Lives are at stake and counterfeit N95 respirators make things worse for infection preventionists and others trying to care for COVID-19 patients. If you suspect that something being billed as an N95 is fake, report it to the CDC.
National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association, declared victory because hospital administrators “announced that health care workers throughout the Providence system will be issued N95 respirator masks to wear when caring for COVID positive or potentially COVID positive patients…,” according to a press release issued by the unions.
"We have to be comfortable with the fact that we have to reuse PPE for multiple patients. But one of the things they have to remember is those multiple patients all have the same illness. So, it’s not like we’re going to transfer multi-drug resistant organism to the next patient. Because we try not to use the same PPE for those situations."