Tuesday, 19 April 2022 09:00

Case Solutions to the Rescue

Spring Cleaning is a good thing at home and in the SPD. “Nothing feels quite as satisfying as coming home to a house that's so clean it practically sparkles.” And isn’t the same true for our workplaces and certainly for healthcare facilities? Springtime is here, throw open the windows, let in the sunshine and fresh air. Spring is a time for renewal after all. We here at Case Medical offer this checklist to help

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Wednesday, 13 April 2022 09:00

Something’s Coming

This week we continue with Covid19 by looking at its effects around the world. Covid19 has become the great mystery of our times. Why for instance here in the Northeast, home of Case Medical, are we seeing a rise in cases? It’s uncertain if it’s the beginning of a larger surge. William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard, said “There’s definitely something coming, but depending on all the moving parts it might be a ripple relative to previous waves.”

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Thursday, 07 April 2022 09:00

Coping with a Wily and Agile Virus

Uncertainty is the thing that will keep you up at night. Parents know it well as they wait up for the kid who’s out past their promised return time. Farmers uncertain about the weather lose sleep over will there be too much rain or not enough. Consider your own uncertainty as you try to plan for your facility against a backdrop of pandemic, unexpected events, and a war in Europe.

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According to USA Today, “A substantial increase in coronavirus infections was expected when this week's numbers came out, but nothing like this.”

The intensely rapid spread of the omicron variant and a backlog of cases from the New Year's weekend has resulted in U.S. health authorities tallying more than three times as many new cases as in any previous wave of the coronavirus -- over 1 million reported cases on Monday alone. About 1 in every 100 Americans will have been reported as a positive case in just the last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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As discussed last week, the healthcare industry contributes to solid waste production, greenhouse gasses, and climate change. While a true statement, the news is that there are also ways that healthcare can reduce the impact it has on the environment, while reducing costs. Rigid reusable sealed sterilization containers are one of the best options for reducing hospital waste. Nevertheless, not all containers are created equal.

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Monday, 29 November 2021 16:49

Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta

Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta

Now Omicron has arrived!

“The sky is not falling”, says Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of Tropical Medicine at Baylor. But just when we thought that the pandemic was behind us, scientists are now racing to understand the consequences of the Omicron COVID-19 variant that unexpectedly showed up in South Africa only days ago and has already become the current Variant of Concern. And we’re learning more, in the time between writing this week’s blog and posting it we now know that the Omicron COVID-19 variant has fifty or more mutations and is currently identified in 20 countries.

 

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:08

The latest research on Covid-19 risks

Avoidable risk and where we go from here

 

We recently marked the one year anniversary of the declaration of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the time where many of us learned a new set of considerations for health and Risk metersocial interactions, along with a novel vocabulary to match. Whether you hit that socially distanced outdoor gathering or opt for a Zoom happy hour, our activities and behaviors are very different than those we knew before.

While we’re careful to maintain the vigilance required to prevent another resurgence, we now know more about the greatest exposure risks, based on new research data. Learn about the factors that increase risk and the scenarios you want to avoid until herd immunity is achieved, even if you have already been vaccinated.

Where we are now

According to the New York Times coronavirus tracker, cases are beginning to trend down in the US, back to levels seen last fall, though many are still ill, and deaths continue.

  On March 15 14 day change
New cases 57,083 -18% 
New deaths 751 -32%

 

 Vaccine and virus illustrationMillions more Americans can now get Covid-19 vaccines, including teachers, with 12% of the US population now fully vaccinated, and 21% of the population having received one dose. As noted by the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions when in public, with limited easing of protocols around other fully vaccinated individuals. Globally, more than 300 million doses have been given out in nearly 100 countries. This is stunning progress against a disease we hardly knew anything about only one year ago.

Indoor crowds

Though not entirely new information, the high risk of being indoors with a crowd is now supported by research. The spaces where people congregate, particularly crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation—think restaurants, cafes and gyms—are transmission hotspots. These tend to be smaller, more densely occupied, and visited for longer, thus is one study, ten per cent of the locations accounted for 80% of predicted infections.

“Superspreading” events

Network sketch representing a superspreaderOne study of the early transmission patterns in China showed 15% of infected individuals cause 80% of the spread. In another study of five superspreading events, the person most likely to have infected others was either mildly symptomatic or had not yet developed symptoms. This is a key similarity between the superspreading events. “Just because you feel well doesn’t mean that you’re not infected and potentially spreading,” noted the author.

New variants

Smart phone how contagious is the Coronavirus

 New variants of SARS-CoV-2 that first attracted attention in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil could make superspreading worse. On the basis of a reported 50% higher transmission rate in a variant called B.1.1.7, there will likely be an increase in both the frequency and size of superspreading events. Models suggest that quickly identifying super-spreader events and notifying attendees can have an oversized effect on controlling transmission.

Until we reach herd immunity

2.8.24oz Aloe E HanSan Spray Cap CutoutUntil we have the protection granted by vaccination, by herd immunity, generally understood to be about 80% of the population having had Covid-19 and/or been vaccinated, we need to continue practicing safe behaviors.

At Case Medical we manufacture products for infection prevention. While most of you are familiar with our SteriTite® universal sterilization containers, we also manufacture cleaning solutions, wipes, alcohol-based products for sanitizing and disinfection, and have lots of face shields available (at a deeply discounted rate!) for your needs. All these products, as well as our hand sanitizer, are manufactured right here in NJ, USA.
Case Solutions® Hand Sanitizer with Aloe and Vitamin E is readily available in 2 oz., 8 oz., and 24 oz. bottles. Masking, hand washing or hand sanitizer, and physical distancing are as important as ever. Be safe and stay well!

 

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