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From Protection to Fashion – The Growth of Face Masks Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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COVID-19 has changed life in many ways. One of them is the evolution of face masks from being protective gear to a fashion accessory. Read to learn more about it!
Ever since the CDC issued recommendations that everyone in the US should wear a face mask when going out in public .the protective gear is readily making its way into the mainstream culture. Several celebrities have been spotted wearing face masks lately, further increasing their popularity and making it a norm. Responding to the changing scenario and increased demand for face masks, several bands and retailers have also started making and stocking face masks. Their intended purpose was to fill the gap in the market. However, they produced face masks in so many varieties and designs that the protective gear seems to have become a kind of fashion trend. Their popularity can be understood by the fact that when Kim Kardashian launched her own line of face masks, they got sold out in less than 30 minutes.

Why People Are Opting for Stylish Face Masks

Although face masks are more of a necessity than a fashion accessory, people are increasingly opting for the masks that either match their outfits or reflect their personalities. It’s important to mention here that this shouldn’t be taken for people trivializing the pandemic.
Since these masks are designed to cover most of the face and have become an integral part of our daily life for the unforeseeable future, people are just using them as tools to showcase their particular style and personality.
While most people use standard face masks, some choose unique and more stylish ways of covering their mouth and nose. For example, Chris Pine and his girlfriend, Annabelle Wallis, were spotted covering their faces with bandanas.
Another trend that is increasingly gaining popularity in the west is the use of snood hoodies, the Japanese streetwear that has long been popular in many Asian countries.
Fashion Brands Contributing to COVID-19 Relief Efforts
The spring of 2020 witnessed many brands, from small to elite, converting their ateliers into PPE manufacturing hubs. In addition to this, many fashion brands are also contributing to relief efforts through monetary donations, offering free supplies, and even send their teams of volunteers to participate in relief efforts.
The Sum Up
COVID-19 has changed life in many ways. The use of protective equipment, face mask, in particular, is one of them. With the CDC recommending everyone to wear face masks in public and the end of COVID-19 nowhere to be seen, people are increasingly opting for newer and more interesting ways to keep themselves protected. Some choose to wear stylish face masks while others use bandanas and snood hoodies to cover their mouth and nose. The key is to choose something that’s both comfortable and look good.

How are you keeping yourself protected from the novel coronavirus? Share your methods with us in the comments

Everything You Need to Know About PPE

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Have you been hearing a lot about PPE lately, but don’t know much about it? Read on to gain knowledge and play your part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Whenever we talk about the novel coronavirus, i.e., COVID-19 and protective measures for reducing its spread, one of the words that we most often come across is PPE. While everyone has heard about it, some people may not have much information about why PPE is important, who needs it, and how does it work against COVID-19.

This article aims to answer all your questions regarding PPE.
What Is PPE?

PPE is an acronym for Personal Protective Equipment. While the term has now largely become associated with COVID-19, it essentially refers to the protective gear used to reduce exposure to hazardous elements. Different types of PPEs are used in various professions, such as lab research and construction.
With regards to COVID-19, the term refers to the protective gear used to keep yourself safe from the novel coronavirus. It includes a face mask, goggles, face shields, gloves, rubber boots or shoe covers, and respirators.

Who Needs PPE?

In the current scenario, almost everyone needs to wear some form of protective gear, when going outside, to protect themselves as well as others. However, some people need it more than others. Also, not everyone needs all the safety equipment mentioned above. The amount and type of PPE one needs depend on the level of risk they have.
Since healthcare workers are fighting against the pandemic on frontlines and the nature of their work doesn’t allow them to maintain social distance either, they have the greatest risk of getting infected. Hence, they need maximum protection.
Apart from healthcare staff, people who have tested positive for COIVD-19 should also wear a face mask (along with following all hygiene practices) to prevent the spread of the virus. Similarly, those living with or taking care of coronavirus patients should also wear protective gear to avoid catching the disease. According to the latest guidelines, anyone working close (within 2 meters) to coronavirus patients (confirmed or suspected) should wear eye protection, surgical face mask, gloves, and a full-body apron or gown.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone should wear a face mask when going out in public.

Why is PPE Important?

COVID-19 is the new strain of coronavirus, which is why our information regarding the virus and its spread is limited. Also, we still do not have any vaccine or cure available for the disease. In such a scenario, the only thing we can do to remain safe from the novel virus is to protect ourselves. And PPE helps us do just that!
The use of the right PPE type in the right manner can help reduce (if not stop) the spread of COVID-19.
The Final Word
In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19, it can be said that the use of personal protective equipment is essential to keep yourself and others safe. However, as the World Health Organization suggests, the right type of PPE varies from person to person, depending on the type of activities they are engaged in and the kind of setting they work in. In other words, the higher the risk of exposure for a person, the more protection they will need.

Do Your Part to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

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COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. Help healthcare experts and government authorities prevent the spread of the disease by taking these preventing measures!
With more than 1 million confirmed cases and about 500,000 deaths (so far) globally, it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that COVID-19 has impacted the world negatively. The pandemic has put life on hold for many, depriving them of their freedoms, their friends, and, in the most drastic cases, their livelihood and shelter. The end of this pandemic is nowhere in sight, and vaccines are still in the development phase and far from being publically available.

Despite these circumstances, many people have resumed some of their (essential daily activities). Many people go out for work while others have to leave the safety of their homes to do groceries. Some people with chronic medical conditions and have to visit the doctor’s clinic for their regular medical examination.
Unfortunately, everyone who goes out in public spaces can potentially get themselves exposed to the deadly coronavirus. And every person who gets exposed to the virus can put several others (family and colleagues) at risk.
Is There Anything We Can Do to Protect Ourselves and Others from COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization, the best way to avoid getting affected by COVID-19 and slow down the transmission of the disease is to acquire authentic knowledge about the virus and how it spreads. This is because having the right knowledge will enable you to take the correct preventive measures.

9 Measures That Can Help Prevent (or At-Least Reduce) the Spread of COVID-19
Here are the nine most recommended precautionary or safety measures that are known to help reduce (if not prevent) the spread of novel coronavirus:
1. Wash Your Hands – For at least 20 seconds, using soap and water, after every activity and before touching food and your face.
2. Avoid Going In Public – Ideally, you should stay at home. However, if that’s impossible, try to avoid going to public spaces as much as possible.
3. Practice Social Distancing – When around people, whether at work or at a grocery store, remain at least six feet away from other people, at all times.
4. Wear a Protective Face Mask – Given the current circumstances, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends that everyone should wear a non-surgical mask when going out in public. Also, avoid social touching – shaking hands, hugging, and kissing
5. Avoid Touching Your Face – Keep your hands off your face, particularly your mouth, nose, and eyes.
6. Do Not Share Your Personal Items – Separate everyone’s utensils and towels at home if you share them earlier. Also, avoid sharing your foods and drinks even with your family members.
7. Clean High-Touch Surfaces Regularly – The information regarding how long the novel virus can survive outside the human body and its capability for transferring from hard surfaces to humans is still limited. However, there is evidence that it can live on surfaces from 24 hours up to 3 days. Therefore, healthcare experts recommend to be highly careful and clean the widely used areas and surfaces regularly (at least once a day) with an appropriate household disinfectant. These include toilets, shower areas, sinks, faucets, tables and desks, doorknobs, and light switches. Also, clean your phone regularly.
8. Do Not Travel – Healthcare authorities strongly recommend against traveling during this time. However, if it’s necessary and cannot be avoided or delayed at any cost, make sure to be extra careful and take as many protective measures as possible.
9. Stay Clear of Cash – It has long been a known fact that currency notes are one of the major carriers of germs. Research has shown they can have more germs than your toilet. Therefore, o not use cash or limit its use as much as possible.

Be Extra Cautious If You Are a High-Risk Person

If you’re older than 60 years, immunosuppressive, have a respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic disease, or are taking an immunosuppressant drug, you are at a significantly high risk of getting affected with COVID-19. To minimize the risk, you need to be more careful and take a lot more precautionary measures than a regular person. Also, travel and public gatherings are a BIG NO for you.
Since COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, our information regarding it is still limited. Also, there is no cure available for it, as of now. So, the only way to prevent or slow down the disease’s spread is to protect yourself. If everyone takes the recommended precautionary measures, we can (hopefully) limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 – Crisis as a Catalyst for Change

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COVID-19 has certainly disrupted life and turned the world upside down. But, many people also see it as a catalyst for change. Read on to learn more about this.
COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down and impacted every area of life for what seems like forever. With no information regarding when the novel coronavirus will end, we don’t know when we will return to our pre-corona lifestyles. We don’t even know if it will ever go away. In that case, this crisis is creating a new normal in every industry and area of life.
The novel coronavirus has clearly wreaked havoc on our physical, mental, and emotional health. It has not only disrupted life but has also put many things on hold. From changing our living styles to how we communicate and interact, to bringing the economy of many countries to grinding halt, COVID-19 has impacted both public and private life in countless ways. There are no two views about the fact that we’re going through unprecedented times. As the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “COVID-19 pandemic is the most challenging crises we have faced since the Second World War.”
However, many people are also viewing the COVID-19 pandemic as a catalyst for change.COVID-19 has certainly changed our lives, but is there anything potentially good in the changes this pandemic has brought? Let’s take a look!
How COVID-19 Is Changing the World
Here are some potentially positive changes brought on by the novel coronavirus:
Reshaping Our Response to Climate Change
Climate change is a threat that has been looming over mankind for several years no. But, despite the severity of its nature and how it has been damaging the world and harming us humans, our response to the climate change crisis has not been the way it should be.
As COVID-19 brought the bustling world to a halt, it gave nature the time to heal. The emissions of poisonous gases reduced significantly, leading to improved air quality in many parts of the world. Also, as humans remained inside their homes, many animal species came out to reclaim their spaces.
While we cannot stay at home forever and the world is going to resume its activities sooner or later, COVID-19 has allowed us to rethink our ways of living and reshape our response to climate change.

Change the Ways We Do Business
As the world went under lockdown, businesses were forced to come with newer ways of functioning. As a result, we see the greatest digital experiment ever conducted in human history – work from home. Since businesses didn’t have any other option than to allow their employees to work from home (if they wanted to continue operating), they had to make several technological and policy changes to meet the changing needs. This primarily included the use of cloud-based technologies and digital communication platforms. The employers also realized that they need to be more flexible in how they interact with their employees and respond to their needs.
Transforming the Education System
The education industry is one of the most widely impacted ones with COVID-19. The closure of educational institutions was one of the foremost decisions world governments took as the pandemic hit the world. The search for a viable solution pushed the educational institutions to respond in an unprecedented manner to a crisis, in form of online classes and virtual graduation ceremonies.
The Final Word
COVID-19 has caused significant damage to the world in several ways. However, instead of considering it as the beginning of mankind’s doom, we can see it as a catalyst for some positive changes. Healthcare researchers are doing their bit to protect us from this novel virus by continuously working to find a cure for the disease. But, other professionals also need to play their part to protect our planet and better prepare ourselves to deal with potential future pandemics.