Part VI: RESILIENCE: The Need for Universal Personal Protective Equipment   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "As states continue to reopen, or plan to initiate follow-on phases in the coming days, we must remain vigilant. The total number of infectious cases in the United States is over 1,700,000 and over 100,000 Americans have passed away due to COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. The infection trends in 18 states are rising and experts are increasingly less optimistic that seasonal changes will dramatically bend the curve on its own. However, wearing a mask will bend the curve, protect you, your family and community. When outside your home, the research is overwhelming that Personal Protective Equipment, namely masks, will protect you and others (see attached report). The attached study asserts that if 80% of the population wear masks consistently, we can dramatically degrade the arc of this pandemic. When you dial this up to 90% or 100% of citizens wearing masks, the positive reduction in the infection rate is even more dramatic (see chart below). However, when only 50% of the population wear masks, this rapid disruption does not occur. As we endure as one nation, let us be reminded that our actions directly impact all our brothers and sisters."

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