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Febuary 2021.

Here the Med Defence team we will be posting interesting articles from around the world, coupled with our own personal experiences and observations of the personal protection industry, particularly in light of the recent pandemic.

Are Alcohol-free hand sanitisers effective against SARS-CoV-2.

Alcohol-free hand sanitizer and other quaternary ammonium disinfectants quickly and effectively inactivate SARS-CoV-2

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February 1st 2021 - Blog update.

"May be 1 billion disposable masks in the environment already."

Blog Post 1.

 

Walking home recently, I found two blue masks that had been discarded. I found them alongside a plastic bottle and an empty chip packet. An opportunistic magpie in attendance, no doubt hoping for a crumb or two.

 

Observing these pieces of trash, naturally, I pick them up and disposed of them correctly. Except for the blue mask, how do you dispose of those?

 

As you can see some people just throw them on the ground.

They end up in rivers and make their way to the oceans. Rumour is there may be 1 billion of these disposable masks in the environment already.

 

One of the great attributes of our masks is that they are reusable, cost-effective and importantly they are biodegradable.

 

We need to spread the word and collectively put our thumb on the scale of responsibility when it comes to using and disposing of face masks.
 

Roger Herbert

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Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizer Just As Effective Against COVID-19 Virus As Alcohol-Based Versions

A new study from researchers at Brigham Young University finds that alcohol-free hand sanitiser is just as effective at disinfecting surfaces from the COVID-19 virus as alcohol-based products.

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Survey finds 95% say pandemic has affected their ability to communicate.

Studies have found that Masks are effective in helping to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Face masks are not ideal for those living with hearing loss, with some 95% of respondents to a recent survey reporting that these facial coverings have adversely affected their ability to communicate with others during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Harvard’s Joseph Allen says ‘everyone’ should be wearing an N95 mask.

Joseph Allen, an associate professor and the director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, penned an op-ed for The Washington Post on Tuesday, laying out the case for why “everyone” should be wearing an N95 mask at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Mask mandate; 

Biden's 100 Day challenge.

Where to find an N95 or high-filtration mask for Biden's 100-day challenge.

The Biden administration has issued a mask mandate, requiring individuals to wear masks on federal property, and he's encouraging all Americans to wear them in public for 100 days.

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More experts now recommend medical masks. Good ones are hard to find.

The spread of coronavirus variants in the United States has prompted some public health experts to recommend doubling up face coverings or donning medical-grade masks.

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