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How to tell if your N95 Respirator is NIOSH Approved
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:10 PM
This fact sheet explains what you should look for to determine if an N95 is NIOSH approved, including required labeling and where to look to confirm an approval number. Additionally, it provides tips for how to recognize counterfeit respirators and how NIOSH approval can be voided by both manufacturers and users. Read more. 
 
Understanding Filtration Efficiency Testing and Fit Testing in Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs)
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:08 PM
This fact sheet describes filtration efficiency testing and the proper fit testing procedures for a filtering facepiece respirator (FFR), explaining why both are necessary for a respirator to perform as expected. A respirator user’s understanding of these procedures and how employers perform fit tests to minimize contaminant leakage into the respirator will enhance the user’s knowledge of how an FFR helps to protect respiratory health. Read more.
 
SARS-CoV-2-Positive Household Members Up Infection Risk for HCWs
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:07 PM
Exposure to positive household members linked to increased risk for infection for vaccinated health care workers. Read more. 
 
Biden’s Employer Shot Mandate Tasks OSHA With New Rulemaking
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:05 PM
The Biden administration’s ramped-up effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic tasks the U.S. Labor Department with writing a regulation that would force tens of millions of more workers to get vaccinated—or produce weekly negative test results—a move that will test the agency’s power and could draw a legal challenge. Read more. 
 
Can We Ever Get Rid of C. Diff?
Friday, September 10, 2021 04:02 PM
C. diff infection is an old enemy and health care professionals have gathered an armamentarium of weapons against it, but it can be relentless. Read more. 
 
Vaccination Mandates Are an American Tradition. So Is the Backlash.
Friday, September 10, 2021 01:37 PM
The roots of U.S. vaccine mandates predate both the U.S. and vaccines. Read more. 
 
mRNA: From Disco-era Dream to Modern-day Marvel
Friday, September 10, 2021 12:08 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded everyone that the everyday world we notice can be undone by the microscopic world we forget. Read more. 

 
Vaccinations Against COVID-19 May Have Averted Up to 140,000 Deaths in the US
Friday, September 10, 2021 09:11 AM
Employing multivariate regression analysis of vaccination rates and changes in COVID-19 deaths in each state from 12/2020 to 5/2021, this report estimates that the US vaccine rollout prevented nearly 140,000 deaths, translating to a statistical life benefit between $600 billion and $1.4 trillion. Read more.
 
MMWR Weekly- September 10, 2021
Thursday, September 09, 2021 06:02 PM
Weekly / Vol. 70 / No. 36. Read more.
 
Factbox: Biden's new COVID-19 plan includes vaccine, test mandates
Thursday, September 09, 2021 06:00 PM
The White House unveiled an new plan to combat COVID-19 as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads and some 80 million eligible Americans remain unvaccinated. The following are some of the details of the plan and who it affects. Read more.
 
Who Does What? The Roles of NIOSH, OSHA, and the FDA in Respiratory Protection in the Workplace
Thursday, September 09, 2021 03:09 PM
Over the years, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has built complex partnerships with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the specific respiratory protection needs of workers in different industries. Read more.
 
NIH researchers to start issuing results of studies on mixing vaccines later this month
Thursday, September 09, 2021 03:07 PM
As Americans anticipate the possibility of coronavirus booster shots, federal researchers are set to soon begin sharing the results of studies on mixing vaccines. Read more. 
 
Biden administration to extend vaccine mandate to U.S. companies
Thursday, September 09, 2021 03:05 PM
President Biden is announcing sweeping new vaccine mandates Thursday that will impact tens of millions of Americans, pushing all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workforces to be inoculated or face weekly testing. Read more. 
 
Mu variant of COVID: What is it? Where is it spreading? Do vaccines work? Here’s what to know about the new coronavirus strain
Thursday, September 09, 2021 02:44 PM
The Mu variant, also known as B.1.621, is a COVID-19 virus strain that was initially discovered in Colombia in January 2021, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more. 
 
Most dentists are vaccinated as mandates kick in
Thursday, September 09, 2021 02:42 PM
A recent survey of practicing dentists conducted by the California Dental Association shows that 94 percent of surveyed dentists in the state are vaccinated against COVID-19. The online survey was conducted May 26 to June 8 jointly by CDA and the California Department of Public Health. Read more.
 
Key COVID-19 Pandemic Markers Move in Wrong Direction
Thursday, September 09, 2021 02:23 PM
President Biden tonight plans to outline 6 steps that the US needs to take to—in the short term—stem the latest COVID-19 surge, and—long term—put this pandemic behind us for good. Read more. 
 
Under siege with COVID patients, Grady Memorial among hospitals delaying elective procedures
Thursday, September 09, 2021 02:18 PM
Grady Memorial Hospital on Wednesday resorted to canceling all “non-essential” outpatient surgeries and procedures to deal with the continuing surge of COVID-19 patients that is testing the capacity of hospitals across Georgia. Read more. 
 
Here's How COVID-19 Can Affect Your Mouth
Thursday, September 09, 2021 02:15 PM
A lost or altered sense of taste, dry mouth and sores are common among COVID-19 patients and those symptoms may last long after others disappear, Brazilian researchers report. Read me. 
 
AmeriCorps and CDC Launch Public Health AmeriCorps, Seek Proposals to Build a New Generation of Public Health Leaders
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 06:02 PM
AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteering and national service, has launched Public Health AmeriCorps, a new partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders who will be ready to respond to the nation’s public health needs. Read more. 
 
Face masks do not increase body temperature during exercise in the heat, according to new UConn study
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 06:00 PM
This study is the first to show that masks cause no additional stress heat-related stress during exercise. Read more. 
 
US data show child COVID-19 cases rising exponentially
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 04:11 PM
For the first time during the pandemic, children now account for more than one quarter of new weekly US COVID-19 cases, according to the latest report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Read more.
 
Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 02:51 PM
A few things are different for the 2021-2022 influenza (flu) season... Read more. 
 
The Pandemic Has Set Back the Fight Against H.I.V., TB and Malaria
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 02:47 PM
Prevention and treatment fell in poor countries last year as access to health care declined, according to a new report. Read more.
 
VALLEY FEVER MORE COMMON IN UTAH THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT, RESEARCHERS FIND
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 02:43 PM
Symptoms can resemble those of the flu or COVID-19, but Valley Fever is caused by a fungus. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 Designated as an Airborne Infectious Disease under New York State’s HERO Act
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 02:41 PM
On Monday, September 6, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the Commissioner of Health has designated COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health” under the New York State HERO Act. Read more. 
 
The Plan to Stop Every Respiratory Virus at Once
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 10:18 AM
The benefits of ventilation reach far beyond the coronavirus. What if we stop taking colds and flus for granted, too? Read more.
 
IAC Express #1,588 - IAC influenza webinars September 9 and 20. Spanish translations of 14 VISs, and more.
Wednesday, September 08, 2021 10:16 AM
IAC Express #1,588 - IAC influenza webinars September 9 and 20. Spanish translations of 14 VISs, and more. Read more.


 
Visualizing how fast the pandemic is getting better or worse, state by state
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:49 PM
Well over a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, visualizations of case data have become ubiquitous. By far, the most popular metric that public health officials and media outlets rely on is the daily count of new cases. Read more.
 
NIOSH eNews: Volume 19, Number 5 (September 2021)
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:46 PM
NIOSH eNews: Volume 19, Number 5 (September 2021). Read more.
 
75% of U.S. adults have taken at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine - CDC
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:45 PM
75% of adults in the United States have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Read more. 
 
COVID-19 Infected Many More Americans in 2020 than Official Tallies Show
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:43 PM
At the end of last year, you may recall hearing news reports that the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States had topped 20 million. While that number came as truly sobering news, it also likely was an underestimate. Many cases went undetected due to limited testing early in the year and a large number of infections that produced mild or no symptoms. Read more.
 
COCA Call - 2021-2022 Influenza Vaccination Recommendations and Guidance on Coadministration with COVID-19 Vaccine
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:28 PM
During this COCA Call, presenters will provide updates on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the 2021-2022 influenza vaccination season and guidance for coadministration of influenza and COVID-19 vaccines. Read more. 
 
Respiratory Protection Week 2021 Resources and Review
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:23 PM
It’s Respiratory Protection Week! Every year we are happy to acknowledge this observance as a time for a little R&R. No – we aren’t implying that you should take a nap. By R&R we mean new resources and review of all NIOSH respiratory protection information that has become available since last September. Read more.
 
Kids and COVID: why young immune systems are still on top
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:19 PM
Innate immunity might be the key to why children have fared better with the virus. But the Delta variant poses fresh unknowns. Read more.
 
More than 2,000 in hospitals across Pa. due to COVID-19
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 04:13 PM
More than 2,000 people in Pennsylvania are now being treated in hospitals due to COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health. Read more.
 
Changing with the Times: The Journey to Interactive Charts
Tuesday, September 07, 2021 11:53 AM
Our world is constantly evolving. Computers that used to occupy an entire room now fit in the palm of our hands. Information that used to require hours of searching, sorting, and reading is now available with the click of a button. Similarly, the way NIOSH shares work-related public health surveillance data has evolved to address research needs and technological advances. Read more. 
 
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