COVID-19 Clinical Resources and Pertinent Research
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Personal Protective Equipment and Resources

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Information for the General Public
    1. CDC: Considerations for Wearing Masks
      1. Masks with Exhalation Valves or Vents are Ineffective (Visualizations)
      2. Face Shields Are Not a Substitute for Masks (Visualizations)
      3. Face Masks, Including Cloth Significantly Reduce Transmission, Hospitalization, and Death (CDC/Viusal/Demo)
      4. Fit Is Critical to Obtain the Level of Protection Provided by Respirators (N95, KN95, etc.) (How to Perform a Seal Check)
      5. Wearing Gloves Does Not Protect Against SARS-CoV-2 Infection
      6. When and How to Wash Your Hands
    2. WHO COVID-19 Mask Mythbusters
      1. Masks Do Not Decrease Oxygen Levels Including in Older Persons
      2. Surgical Masks Do Not Affect Gas Exchange Physiology (i.e. Masks Do Not Increase Carbon Dioxide)
    3. Filtration Efficiencies of Various Mask Types (Also see NPR’s User’s Guide To Masks)
    4. FAQs on Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission
    5. CDC Indoor Ventilation Guidance and FAQs (WHO Guide / EPA Recommendations / Physics / Mobile HEPA Filters)
      1. Keep Vehicle Windows Open As Much As Possible; In Rideshares, Sit Opposite the Driver (Info on Aircraft Cabins)

      For a visual explanation on how masks work, click here. For more visual and simple explanations of COVID-19 related topics, see these curated Explainers.

  2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Healthcare Workers
    1. 3M Health Care Surgical Mask and Respirator Types
      1. 3M All Respirator Models Quick Reference
      2. Identifying Potentially Counterfeit 3M 1860, 1860S, and 1870+ Respirators
    2. Guide to Surgical Masks and Filtering Facepiece Respirators
    3. How to Identify a NIOSH-Approved ≥N95 Respirators (Required Markings Diagram)
    4. List of NIOSH Approved ≥N95 Respirator Makes and Models (Counterfeit Examples)
    5. Facial Hairstyles and Filtering Facepiece Respirators
    6. CDC Donning and Doffing Sequence for PPE
    7. Performing a Seal Check When Donning an N95
    8. N95 Decontamination and Reuse
      1. N95Decon
      2. CDC: Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators
      3. Filtering Facepiece Respirator (N95 Respirator) Reprocessing: A Systematic Review
      4. Decontamination of N95 Respirators against SARS-CoV-2: A Scoping Review
      5. Effectiveness of N95 Respirator Decontamination and Reuse against SARS-CoV-2 Virus
      6. Reprocessing N95s with Hydrogen Peroxide Vaporization: A Robust System from Collection to Dispensing
      7. N95 UV Germicidal Irradiation Process for Decontamination and Reuse
      8. Correlation Between N95 Extended Use and Reuse and Fit Failure in an Emergency Department
        • Duckbill N95s have a high failure rate. Failure of dome-shaped masks is associated with increased use.
      9. Taping N95s Does Not Reduce Particle Counts Near the Eyes
    9. Fix The Mask: Enhance Surgical Mask Filtering Efficacy Using Rubber Bands (Premade Rubber Strap)
    10. Pneumask: Reusable Full-Face Snorkel Mask PPE Project
    11. Role of Eye Protection
    12. Experimental: In Vitro Efficacy of a Povidone-Iodine Nasal Antiseptic for Rapid Inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 and Povidone Iodine Mouthwash, Gargle, and Nasal Spray to Reduce Nasopharyngeal Viral Load in Patients With COVID-19