Posts Tagged ‘ppe’

A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office – The New York Times

June 24, 2020

Now, companies are quickly trying to reverse that trend in a low-cost and flexible way. They want to remove chairs and desks and install screens or other dividers between remaining desks, said Allan Smith, a vice president for global marketing for Steelcase.

But companies are seeking to replace the sofas upholstered in soft, luxurious fabrics with something more durable. “One of our biggest requests for those spaces are durable, super-fast color fabrics that they can, essentially, pour straight bleach on every single night,” Mr. Smith of Steelcase said. “They’re also looking to add white boards and technology to these spaces.”

Isaac Kohane on Twitter: “SF movies cannot keep up with our reality @nypost Someone should fit these patrons with @OculusGaming rigs to complete the experience CC @NAChristakis #CaliforniaDreaming” / Twitter

June 21, 2020

You’re Getting Used to Masks. Will You Wear a Face Shield? – The New York Times

May 25, 2020


more elaborate

You’re Getting Used to Masks. Will You Wear a Face Shield? – The New York Times

May 24, 2020

F.D.A. to Allow Use of KN95 Masks Approved by China – The New York Times

May 9, 2020

F.D.A. Bans 65 N-95 Style Face Mask Manufacturers – The New York Times

May 7, 2020

Five of six face masks fail absorbency test, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

May 2, 2020

interesting suggestions on mask quality:


For a surgical mask to work, the outer-most layer should be
water-resistant, and the middle layer, which is used to trap bacteria, should not be too porous.
The innermost layer has to be able to absorb moisture such as saliva, mucus and sneeze droplets.

An absorbency test found that five of the six masks could not absorb any moisture. That means if the user sneezes, the mask will not be able to contain the droplets, which will remain smeared on the wearer’s face. Absorbency is also an important factor for comfort, allowing the user to wear it for longer hours.

also, I’ve heard these suggestions:{{
the white internal layer should not burn
the internal layer should be leakproof

Open science takes on the coronavirus pandemic

May 2, 2020

“Open hardware” via 3D printing + readily available plastic materials => instant #PPE for #COVID19

You may be able to spread coronavirus just by breathing, new report finds | Science | AAAS

April 18, 2020

see pic as a need for plastic barriers

A supermarket cashier in Buenos Aires, Argentina, waits for costumers behind a makeshift plastic curtain as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Economic Reopening Will Be Fragile, Partial and Slow – WSJ

April 17, 2020

Lots of thoughts on a PPE oriented future – with masks & plastic dividers

Some firms may bring office workers back in alternating groups to allow for social distancing in open-plan offices. Restaurant chains may operate at half capacity, installing plexiglass shields between booths, while stores may do away with tester cosmetics and sanitize items after customers try them on.

Employees sit behind protective screens at a Hyundai Card cafeteria in Seoul. …
Cushman’s Amsterdam office is testing a workplace setup designed for social distancing. In the “Six-Feet Office,” transparent shields divide desks, markers direct foot traffic and disposable desk pads catch germs and can be discarded when a worker leaves for the day. “In the next four to six to eight weeks as people begin going back to work, companies aren’t going to have the time or the ability to remodel offices,” Mr. White said.

Cushman & Wakefield offices in Amsterdam dispay a new design concept called ‘Six-Feet Office.’