New recommendation advise using an additional layer of polypropylene fabric in cloth masks to act as a filter.
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Everything you need to know about non-woven polypropylene, the fabric now recommended for use as a filter in cloth face masks: What it is, what to look for and where to find it.
Private insurers saw telehealth claims increase over 4,000% from 2019 to 2020.
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Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
Scientists handle virus samples every day but infections are incredibly rare – here's why.
Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them.
Epidemiologists reviewed 25 studies of cloth face masks. Here’s what they found out about how well they work, why they work, who they protect and why the mosquito and chain-link fence analogy is wrong.
A health-care worker is seen wearing full personal protective equipment outside the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. on April 3, 2020.
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Health-care workers' access to personal protective equipment, along with appropriate infection control procedures, affected their mental health during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bernard Tobey, a double amputee, and his son, wearing Union sailor uniforms, standing beside a small wagon displaying Secretary of War Edwin Stanton’s dispatch on the fall of Fort Fisher.
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Lessons from history make clear that the federal government can spur medical innovation in a crisis, including this pandemic. Providing certainty and clarity is critical.
Nanotechnology has an impressive record against viruses.
Some nurses who live in Windsor, Ont. work at hospitals in Detroit, just across the Ambassador Bridge.
Nurses on both sides of the border report that they aren't getting the support they need to feel safe on the job and maintain their own health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Masks have a chequered history in western fashion. Some silenced women in the name of beauty, others provoked sexual desire.
Black markets thrive online and flourish during pandemics and other crises.
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The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.
As face marks and coverings become compulsory worldwide, littering and their potential impact on the environment increases.
When it comes to PPE, we could be better protecting our frontline health-care workers. We need to update current guidelines to reflect the latest evidence around how COVID-19 spreads.
Scott Morrison says of the war against COVID-19: “On some days the virus wins. On other days we beat it.” This week, the virus was counting its victories most days.
How to ensure your personal protective gear isn’t made by an exploited person.
Masks: Where health care and fashion collide.
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A transparency index could fix issues in the current medical supply chain in the US.
Black, Asian and ethnic minorities are up to ten times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people in the UK.
In the short term, South Africa has enough beds.
South Africa's public health system has been allocated R21.5 billion more for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but there's no strategy to guide how it should be used.
The story of how many Asian garment manufacturers joined this different supply chain during the pandemic – with no help from western retail customers.
A discarded medical glove in Jersey City, N.J., April 27, 2020.
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The COVID-019 pandemic has boosted use of disposable packaging and personal protective equipment, at the same time that many recycling programs are facing budget cuts. The upshot: More plastic trash.
From the benefits of telehealth to the importance of integrating public and private systems, the COVID-19 pandemic offers several valuable lessons for Australia's health system.