Control: Use face coverings

Efficacy of face masks, neck gaiters and face shields for reducing the expulsion of simulated cough-generated aerosols

Description:

This study used a cough simulator with a headform to propel small aerosol particles into different face coverings.  The N95 respirator blocked 99% of the cough aerosols, a procedure mask blocked 59%, a 3-ply cloth face mask blocked 51%, and a polyester neck gaiter blocked 47% as a single layer and 60% when folded into a double layer. The face shield only blocked 2% of the cough aerosol. This article has not been peer-reviewed. (October 2020)

Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Date: 11/05/20

COVID-19 Exposure Control Planning Tool

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The CDC and OSHA recommend that companies develop a plan to protect their employees and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This free planning tool is designed to help users develop a plan for their worksite in 4 steps. Now in a soft launch, feedback is welcome - email covid19@cpwr.com.

Source: CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training

Date: 09/11/20

Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings

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Guidance on the use of face coverings in public from the California Department of Public Health. 

Source: California Department of Public Health

Date: 08/28/20

NY - Face Masks and Coverings for COVID-19

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Guidance on when and how to wear a face mask or covering. 

Source: New York State Department of Health

Date: 08/28/20

Professional and Home-Made Face Masks Reduce Exposure to Respiratory Infections among the General Population

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This study assessed the transmission reduction potential provided by personal respirators, surgical masks, and home-made masks when worn during a variety of activities by healthy volunteers and a simulated patient. It found that any type of respirator or mask reduced transmission. 

Source: PLOS ONE

Date: 09/12/20

WHO - Guidance - How to wear a fabric mask (June 3, 2020)

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A video explaining how cloth face coverings (masks) should be worn to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

Date: 08/28/20

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Cloth Face Coverings

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Responses to frequently asked questions about the use of cloth face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Date: 08/28/20

Face-Mask Skin Problems: DIY Treatment

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If you find that wearing a face mask is causing a skin problem like a rash, acne, or other irritation, you may be able to treat it yourself. To help, the AAD gathered expert advice from dermatologists, wound care nurses, and doctors on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Date: 08/28/20

9 Ways to Prevent Face-Mask Skin Problems

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Masks play a vital role in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Masks can also be hard on your skin, causing problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness. To help prevent skin problems from developing under your mask, board-certified dermatologists recommend these nine tips.

Source: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Date: 08/28/20

AFL-CIO: Respirators, Masks and Face Shields

Description:

This document provides descriptive information for different types of respirators, masks and face shields, including uses, certification requirements, and OSHA requirements.

Source: AFL-CIO

Date: 08/28/20

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