The CDC Says Tight-Fit Masks or Double Masking Increases Protection

New research by the agency shows that transmission of the virus can be reduced by up to 96.5 percent if both an infected individual and an uninfected individual wear tightly fitted surgical masks or a cloth-and-surgical-mask combination.

One option for reducing transmission is to wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask, the agency said. The alternative is to fit the surgical mask more tightly on the face by “knotting and tucking” — that is, knotting the two strands of the ear loops together where they attach to the edge of the mask, then folding and flattening the extra fabric at the mask’s edge and tucking it in for a tighter seal.

Other effective options that improve the fit include using a mask-fitter — a frame contoured to the face — over a mask, or wearing a sleeve of sheer nylon hosiery material around the neck and pulled up over a cloth or surgical mask, the C.D.C. said.

Source: The CDC Says Tight-Fit Masks or Double Masking Increases Protection

    The Vaccination Demand Hub

    The Vaccination Demand Hub is a network of partner organizations innovating together to understand why people miss out, to improve acceptance and uptake of vaccines, and to ensure that everyone everywhere is protected against vaccine preventable diseases.

    Source: The Vaccination Demand Hub

      COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit

      This informational guide presents six strategies for immunization coordinators to build vaccine confidence within their health system or clinic.

      It includes tangible actions to promote confidence, communication, and uptake of COVID-19 vaccine, which can help support confidence among providers and patients.

      Source: COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit

        Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination at Your Facility

        This toolkit provides long-term care facility (LTCF) administrators and clinical leadership with information and resources to help build vaccine confidence among healthcare personnel (HCP) and residents.

        The toolkit emphasizes the critical role played by health professionals in providing trusted information and ensuring high COVID-19 vaccination coverage in their facility.

        Source: Long-Term Care Facility Toolkit: Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccination at Your Facility

          Daily Activities and Going Out

          This page offers advice on going out of the home during the time of COVID-19.

          The following guidelines are offered:

          • In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
          • If you decide to engage in public activities, continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions.
          • Keep these items on hand when venturing out: a face mask, tissues, and a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.

          Source: Daily Activities and Going Out

            Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

            Experimental and epidemiological data support community masking to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

            The prevention benefit of masking is derived from the combination of source control and personal protection for the mask wearer. The relationship between source control and personal protection is likely complementary and possibly synergistic, so that individual benefit increases with increasing community mask use.

            Further research is needed to expand the evidence base for the protective effect of cloth masks and in particular to identify the combinations of materials that maximize both their blocking and filtering effectiveness, as well as fit, comfort, durability, and consumer appeal. Adopting universal masking policies can help avert future lockdowns, especially if combined with other non-pharmaceutical interventions such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and adequate ventilation.

            Source: Scientific Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2

              Atención de Emergencia para Enfermedades Cardíacas Durante COVID-19

              Al menos una de cada cinco visitas previstas al departamento de emergencias por ataque cardíaco o accidente cerebrovascular no se produjo durante los meses iniciales de la pandemia COVID-19, según los CDC. CDC Foundation y Million Hearts recuerdan a los estadounidenses los riesgos de descuidar la atención médica de emergencia por ataque cardíaco o accidente cerebrovascular durante COVID-19.

              Source: Atención de Emergencia para Enfermedades Cardíacas Durante COVID-19

               

              • Rachel Powell
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              Maintaining Heart Health during COVID-19

              Amid concerns that fewer people are managing their cardiovascular disease risk factors during COVID-19, CDC Foundation and Million Hearts remind Americans to focus on their heart health, especially during COVID-19.

              Source: Maintaining Heart Health During COVID-19

                Emergency Care for Heart Disease During COVID-19

                At least one in five expected emergency department visits for heart attack or stroke did not occur during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the CDC. CDC Foundation and Million Hearts remind Americans of the risks of neglecting emergency medical attention for heart attack or stroke during COVID-19.

                Source: Emergency Care for Heart Disease During COVID-19

                  An Approach for Monitoring and Evaluating Community Mitigation Strategies for COVID-19

                  This document describes the approach of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s approach to evaluating community mitigation strategies and provides overarching considerations to support state, territorial, or local health departments, tribal health organizations, or others in monitoring and evaluating COVID-19 community mitigation strategies, including a logic model, suggested monitoring and evaluation questions, and potential data sources.

                  The approach considers outcomes that minimize COVID-19 morbidity and associated mortality, effects of community mitigation strategies on long-standing health disparities and social determinants of health, and how communities thrive socially, emotionally, and economically.

                  Source: An Approach for Monitoring and Evaluating Community Mitigation Strategies for COVID-19