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Findings from this small study suggested that a qualitative fit test alone is unable to fully assess mask integrity and that at the doses required for sterilization, gamma radiation degrades the filtration efficiency of N95 masks. A set of 3M 8210, Read More
Large gatherings pose a risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission. High transmission rates have been reported from hospitals, long-term care facilities, family gatherings, and a choir practice. This public health investigation focused on the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among persons who attended church Read More
This study examined the feasibility of screening all patients with respiratory symptoms for COVID-19. Between Feb 5-March 18, 2020, researchers from Singapore General Hospital (SGH) introduced a “respiratory surveillance ward” (RSW) to segregate all patients with respiratory symptoms in designated Read More
This piece discusses why many institutions have enacted a universal masking policy in healthcare settings and important considerations and options for facilities considering such a policy. Due to concerns about atypical presentations and pre-symptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2, many health care Read More
This CDC report discusses various factors that contributed to the accelerated spread of COVID-19 in the US during February–March 2020. These factors include continued travel-associated importations, large gatherings, introductions into high-risk workplaces and densely populated areas, and cryptic transmission resulting Read More
Public use of face masks for limiting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is controversial, though increasingly recommended. The impact of this intervention on morbidity and mortality is not well understood. This study developed a compartmental model for assessing the Read More
This article discusses therapeutic and prophylactic interventions for SARS-CoV-2 with a focus on vaccine development and its challenges. In brief, the authors believe that, even though vaccines are being rapidly developed, they will likely come too late to affect the Read More
It appears that the same measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Taiwan have also significantly slowed the spread of influenza. These measures work. Taiwan has been at the forefront of infection control measures to prevent the spread of Read More
This study provides evidence that room ventilation, open space, sanitization of protective apparel, and proper use and disinfection of bathrooms can effectively limit the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in the air.  While we are confident that COVID-19 can be spread Read More
This study found that than half of skilled nursing facility residents with positive COVID-19 tests were asymptomatic at the time of testing and most likely contributed to transmission. Researchers assessed the transmission and adequacy of symptom-based screening to identify infections Read More

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