With all the misinformation going around about Covid-19 it's important that the retailers that sell PPEs know what's real & what's not. Which is why we're doing the research to give facts that you can rely on.
It's also important for consumers to know what's real & what's not. That's why we're providing some of these facts that you can print out and hang in your store and/or provide as handouts for your customers.
The more that you and your customers know, the more PPEs you'll sell and the better your customers will be at protecting themselves. Hopefully if we work together we can help to keep the infection rate down in your community.
THE CDC RELEASED PROOF THAT MASKS WORK
OUR HEALTH EXPERTS HAVE CONCLUDED
THAT THE VIRUS CAN BECOME AIRBORNE INDOORS
This is all about the viral load in the air (parts per million). If the viral load gets too high then it officially becomes airborne, which means there's a high risk to anyone in that space. No mask stops droplets from getting out 100%, so the more customers you have, the higher the viral load in your store. Also, using the restroom can add to the viral load and it's important to remember that virus particles on a surface can become airborne because virus particles can live on & collect on surfaces for up to 28 days.
It would help if every retail space kept the viral load as low as possible. You can help by insisting that all your customers wear a mask and making sure they cover both their nose and their mouth. Adding a HEPA filter to your air conditioning and/or heating would also help. And it's vital that you sterilize all surfaces on a regular basis, even behind items on shelves. Anywhere dust can go, virus particles can go.
Once the virus is airborne, N95 & KN95 masks give the best defense. The best defense from a reusable masks are the ones that use the PM 2.5 Filters. Cotton and Polyester masks without a filter are good at keeping droplets from getting out, but they're not very good at keeping the virus from getting in once it's airborne. Airborne particles are no longer attached to droplets, therefore they are much smaller.
CSIRO HAS DETERMINED THAT THE VIRUS CAN LIVE ON SOME SURFACES
FOR UP TO 28 DAYS
CSIRO is a lab in Australia that our health departments often work with. We posted a link to an article written on the study because it's easier to read than the study, but there's a link to the study in the article.
28 days is a lot longer than we had previously thought that the virus can live on any surface and it's important for everyone to know. Consumers will be more likely wash their hands more often, use sanitizer more when they can't wash, and use alcohol cleaners to sterilize surfaces more often.
For killing the virus on surfaces, alcohol is the only thing that the CDC recommends. It's the only thing that they tested that works. Sterilizing all surfaces regularly is vital in controlling the spread of the virus.
HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO DISINFECT SURFACES
As we already mentioned, it's vital to disinfect all surfaces regularly, even the surfaces you can't see or get to easily. Virus particles can travel on air currents just like dust. It can get everywhere and collect for weeks just waiting on a slight breeze to make it airborne again.
Everyone knows that you can get infected by touching a contaminated surface then by touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. What many don't realize is that the slightest breeze can cause virus particles on a contaminated surface to become airborne, so you don't have to touch a contaminated surface to get sick. The breeze created by you walking by is enough to make the virus particles airborne. And since it can live on surfaces for 28 days, the virus particles can collect for weeks and create a big viral load in a small space for a small amount of time. Long enough for someone to get sick. Remember, Cotton Masks don't protect well from the virus when it's airborne.
DUKE UNIVERSITY STUDY ON MASK EFFECTIVENESS
Duke University did a recent study on which masks are more effective as far as letting the virus out. The first link is an article on the study, the second link is the chart from the study that's easier and faster to read.
No mask stopped the droplets from getting out 100%, but some masks are more effective than others. The only masks that are worse than wearing nothing at all are Neck Gaiters.
NATIONAL DAILY INFECTION AND DEATH RATE
You can use this link to keep track of the National Daily Infection & Death Rates
NATIONAL RATE OF COVID HOSPITALIZATION
You can use this link to keep track of the National Hospitalization Rate
WEEKLY STATE WIDE INFECTION RATE
You can use this link to keep track of your State's Weekly Infection Rate
DAILY STATE WIDE INFECTION, HOSPITALIZATION, AND DEATH RATE
You can use this link to keep track of your State's Daily Infection, Hospitalization, and Death Rate
THE DIRECTOR OF THE CDC SAYS THAT A VACCINE WON'T BE "GENERAL AVAILABLE
TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC" UNTIL LATE IN THE SECOND OR
EARLY IN THE 3RD QUARTER OF NEXT YEAR
Dr. Fauci says Herd immunity possible by fall, ‘normality’ by end of 2021
Anthony Fauci offers a timeline for ending COVID-19 pandemic – Harvard Gazette
Dr. Fauci has been regularly pushing back the date he estimates that we can expect to see herd immunity and some sort of normality. He says he gave an overly ambitious date earlier because we weren't ready to hear the truth yet. It's unknown if we've arrived at the truth yet, or if he'll keep pushing back the dates.
To try to sum this up for you, between now and June we should be getting the first 200 million doses, half from Phizer and half from Moderna, which will be enough to vaccinate the first 100 million people. There have been reports that we bought another 100 million doses from Phizer, but no word yet on when we'll get them.
So far, we have not seen the amount of vaccine that was promised being delivered. We are happy to see people finally getting vaccinated, but everyone should also be aware that the rollout may take longer than previously estimated.
In the last link you will find a link to your state's vaccination plan.
2/3 OF AMERICANS WON'T GET COVID-19 VACCINE WHEN IT'S FIRST AVAILABLE
U.K. warns against giving Pfizer vaccine to people prone to severe allergic reactions - CBS News
In September most of the polls showed that about 66% of Americans were saying that they wouldn't take the vaccine. More recent polls vary between 40% and 60% saying they would not take the vaccine. So it's improving but still not where it needs to be.
According to Dt. Fauci "At least 80 to 85 percent of people would need to be vaccinated to meaningfully reduce infection rates". So no matter which poll you believe, the numbers aren't promising. But they are improving.
To make matters worse, there were 2 people in the UK and at least one more recently in the US that had severe allergic reactions to the Phizer Vaccine and the UK is now suggesting that anyone "with a history of a significant allergic reaction to a vaccine, medicine or food" should not take the vaccine. According to the AAFA, 50 Million Americans have Allergies, that's about 15% of the population that being advised against taking the vaccine.
Plus of course, any bad reaction to the vaccine is just going to add to the numbers of anti-vaxxers.
COVID 19, ACT 2 / Post Acute Covid Syndrome
Puzzling, often debilitating after-effects plaguing COVID-19 "long-haulers" - CBS News
Surviving Covid 19 doesn't mean you're over it. In many, various symptoms persist and many are debilitating. It's being called "Covid 19, Act 2" or "Post Acute Covid Syndrome" and doctors are still studying it to try to determine why it happens and if there's a way to treat it. The only thing we know for certain at this point is that surviving Covid 19 for many is only the first step to a recovery that can take months, and some may never recover completely.
COVID 19 CAN CAUSE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
No, this is not a joke. The National Institute of Health has determined that Covid-19 may cause erectile dysfunction.
Even though this is trivial next to the other consequences of being infected with Covid-19, we can't ignore the fact that it might just get more people to take Covid-19 more seriously and protect themselves better.
NEW RESTRICTIONS AND HOSPITAL CAPACITY RUNNING OUT DUE TO THE NEW SURGE
ICU beds running critically short as COVID-19 cases surge (msn.com)
As of Christmas, there are over 120,000 people currently hospitalized with Covid-19. Hospitals can always create new beds. Some cities have taken over sporting stadiums, some put up make shift tent hospitals to create extra beds. The problem now is staff. In the past nurses and doctors were sent to hard hit areas from areas that had lower hospitalizations. But today, there are a lot more hard hit areas and a lot less areas with low hospitalizations leaving many hospitals running very close to capacity. If Covid hospitalizations continue to rise, many hospitals will have to start turning patients away.
This is when local governments issue lockdowns. They can't allow hospitals to become so full they have to turn away patients. We've been seeing more and more restrictions being put into place all over the country as well as mask mandates and lockdowns. We've been seeing more and more restrictions & lockdowns every week for a while, and expect to see more and more as hospitals continue to fill up.
We're not sure we've seen the extent of the Thanksgiving spike and we're already looking forward to the Christmas spike in early Jan followed by the New Years spike about a week later. By the end of Jan, most of the country could be on stay at home orders.
The Director of the CDC is also saying that we're likely to see the daily death total to be higher than that of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor every day for 60 to 90 days, and those numbers are turning out to be true. Our average daily death totals have been over 2,500 since mid Dec.
Wearing a Mask After Being Vaccinated
Getting the vaccination does not mean you can stop wearing a mask. Masks will be with us until the end of 2021, maybe longer.
New Mutations of the Virus
Since Covid started, there have been a few thousand variants. A variant is when the virus mutates into a new strain. Most of the time the mutation doesn't change the virus much, but sometimes it can create a new strain that's more infective, harder to fight, or more deadly.
The first strain was introduced into our Country sometime in late 2019 or early 2020 and it started spreading fast. It lived outside the body for only 3 days or less limiting it's ability to become airborne as long as everyone wore a mask.
A couple of months later a new strain emerged that lived outside the body for up to 28 days, this is the strain that most are infected with today. It's more infective because it can live outside the body for a lot longer which allows the virus to collect on surfaces for weeks which creates bigger viral loads when it becomes airborne. Masks filter most of the droplets that we exhale, but not all. Since it now has the ability to collect on surfaces for weeks, areas where masks aren't required became hot spots very quickly while many areas where masks are required also become hot spots, it just takes longer.
Most didn't understand how the 2nd strain changed the rules, many never even knew there was a new strain. What it meant is that the virus was more likely to become airborne in larger viral loads making cotton masks less effective at keeping the virus out. To counter it we needed and still need to sanitize all surfaces regularly and use hand sanitizer more times through the day. N95 or KN95 masks are also highly recommended for those that can afford them.
More recently 2 more new infections strains were found, 1 in the UK and 1 in Africa. These new strains are more infective because they attach to our cells more easily, which means it's more infective at smaller viral loads. Even though neither strain has been found in America yet, experts say that we should assume it's already hear.
A few weeks ago a few new strains were found in Mink farms in Denmark that are more resistant to antibodies, meaning that our vaccines would be less effective against them. It seems that the virus can mutate in Minks to create these new resistant strains. Millions of Minks were euthanized in Denmark and the country was put on a strict lockdown to keep these strains from getting out. Unfortunately there have been outbreaks since then in Mink farms in the US & Canada creating the risk that a new more resistant strain was created here. Hopefully it hasn't happened or if it did it didn't get out. But it will be some time before we really know. If it was created and has gotten out, we may find ourselves back at square one, needing to create an effective vaccine to combat it.
THE BEGINNING OF THE END
People are finally getting vaccinated, so the beginning of the end has started. But we're still a long way from the "end of the end". To sum it all up....
We need 2 shots of vaccine a month apart from one another. A few days after the first shot we only have 40% to 50% immunity. A few days after the second shot, we then have 90% to 95% immunity.
It's recommended that after taking the vaccine everyone continues to wear masks and wash / sanitize hands often.
As we mentioned earlier, the only vaccines that we know we have for sure between now and June are 100 Million doses from Phizer and 200 Million doses from Moderna. That's only enough to vaccinate 150 Million people which is less than half the country.
The vaccine won't be available to the general public until late March at the earliest.
New mutations of the virus can still throw us some curve balls.
There's also a question about how many Americans will and won't get vaccinated. Only time will tell in regard to that.
According to Dr. Fauci, if enough people get vaccinated we could see the return of normality by late 2021
IF YOU HAVE TIME
Saturday Night Live summed up where we are right now really well while at the same time they made us laugh. If you have time, and if you haven't seen it yet, we recommend taking a moment out of your busy schedule to have a laugh with Dr. Wayne Wenowdis.
HOW WE CAN HELP
We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available. And we will continue to add signs that you can print out and use to educate your customers on how to protect themselves better.
We guarantee everything you order to sell in 90 days, and that guarantee is good for 3 years. Further, if anything you order today comes down in price, we'll give you credits so you can also lower your prices for what you already have on the shelf. We want you to carry everything. More selection usually equals more sales. More sales equals more consumers having what they need to protect themselves, and that will lead to a lower infection rate.
Knowing how long this pandemic is going to last and how bad it's going to get, if you want to stock up we're happy to help with extra discounts. Also, to help you save shelf space we offer a promotion where you can get 5 1/2 foot Spinner Racks for free. We also have a promotion where you can get a hands free Sanitizer dispenser for free while supplies last.
We'll continue to bring in new merchandise as it becomes available and we'll do our best to be the first to have the new merchandise so you can be the first to have it.
Hopefully together we can help your customers protect themselves better and keep the infection rate as low as possible.
Above you'll find links to articles & studies, some of which you can print and use as hand outs for your customers.
Below you'll find signs that you can print out and use in your store. When you see something you like, an arrow will appear in the lower right corner when you hover the mouse over the picture. Just click the arrow and it will automatically download into your download folder. The files will download as picture files which will be easy for you to print out.