COVID 19 In Florida.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly created tremendous issues in the United States. However, it has disproportionately affected denser cities as well as regions and states with less restrictions. For counties in Florida, such as Miami-Dade County, the effects of the pandemic have been heavy. Though the state hasn’t been doing too well as a whole, with a peak of 15,000 cases a day, individual counties have been really struggling more than others. Miami-Dade county, with a population of almost 3 million, has been suffering from a rising number of cases— with a confirmed number of more than 67,000 after the fourth of July weekend. It is now officially the county with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Florida. From July 13th to July 14th, the county has confirmed 3,576 new COVID-19 cases in the county alone. With the positive infection rate going from 8 percent to over 25 percent, it is evident why people are quite concerned. PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment is needed to contain the virus and drive these numbers down. Clinical Supplies is dedicated to bringing these numbers down by providing N95 respirators to those who need them, the best masks available on the market which are even hospital grade. 

 

Business in Miami.

As many businesses begin and struggle to reopen in Miami-Dade County (particularly restaurants and gyms) they strive to keep their employees and clients safe. Many measures must be taken to ensure that the reopening of dining and experiences can occur safely, including the use of PPE such as respirators. In addition to the personal measures we can each take, there have been a lot of governmental roll back plans that have been put in place to try to slow down the spread of the pandemic. Last week, Mayor Carlos Gimenez rolled back some of the planned re-openings that took effect in June. In the food realm he closed all indoor dining—  allowing only for outdoor dining, take out, and delivery, and also limited service hours in restaurants. The Mayor has also always decided against the reopening of bars, which was allowed at the beginning of June in almost all of the rest of Florida and soon again shut down once the COVID-19 cases started to rise. The mayor has strongly urged the younger population to take the rise in cases seriously but still hasn’t taken any action to shut down the city like other cities with high COVID-19 cases have. However, one of the most important measures in maintaining this needed safety and cleanliness is the use of clean and protective PPE.

Clinical researchers and scientists alike have investigated and discussed the great extent to which respirators help stop the spread of coronavirus. Laboratory studies show that a simple phrase generated hundreds of droplets ranging from nearly 20 to 500 micrometers but almost all of these droplets were blocked when the mouth was covered by a damp washcloth. But the strongest evidence in support of masks is the epidemiologic data itself. Areas where people were mandated to wear a mask saw a slowdown in the daily rate of COVID-19 cases. A recent study by Health Affairs showed that after the first five days of the mask mandate, the daily rate slowed by 0.9 percent and at three weeks it had slowed by 2 percent. These so-called “experiments of nature” have proven in real time that the use of masks are essential in order to return to daily life. 

The CDC has strongly suggested that people wear masks in public. The use of respirators has significantly lowered contagion rates in dense areas. In Florida, Governor Ron De Santis has still failed to require masks to be used statewide. In June he even went back on his decisions of opening bars. A combination of the lack of governmental restrictions and the misinformation on the internet have led to this massive lack of use of masks. People in Florida see a lot of misinformation online on the seriousness of this COVID-19 outbreak and tend to do what they want and what is most convenient to them. Even though people have blamed younger Americans for these surges, it does not mean that this surge is less worrying. Health experts have said that since we don’t know a lot about the virus, it is important for everyone to stay safe, not just the elderly and those of high risk. However, it is imperative that we take care of ourselves and our fellow neighbors in our communities. 

It is imperative that the COVID-19 pandemic do not be taken lightly in these areas. Even though these cases have a low median age, doctors' accounts of these patients in Florida and in Miami Dade say that the cases have been rampant and difficult even for the younger aged patients. A lot of these COVID-19 patients have seen tremendously hard situations including blood clots that lead to strokes, some that lead to losing limbs, inflammation of the heart, and significant damage to the lungs.  

What now?

Unfortunately, with the rise in cases, safe and reliable masks are harder to come by. We, at Clinical Supplies, provide American made masks to keep everyone safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. The respirators come directly from the distributor 3M, which is one of the flagship brands for N95 masks. The respirators are made and distributed here in the United States to ensure quality production. The N95 respirators are the strongest respirators available on the market; they achieve a very close facial fit and efficiently filter out airborne particles. They are approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, and can be worn for medical and hospital use. 

Clinical Supplies is dedicated to getting these masks to those who need it. We are offering N95 respirators available for sale online because our number one priority is keeping our communities safe. We are ensuring safe production of these American made N95 respirators and hope to provide masks to as many Americans as we can in order to keep our citizens safe.

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