My son happens to be one of the many essential workers out there. He lives in a studio apartment with his fiancé who is very high risk, even thou she is only 24 yrs old. She has numerous health conditions that make her high risk. I am concerned that he will bring it home to her. If you think about it a lot of essential work will eventually contract the Covid-19. Which will infect some or most of their family. Essential... more »
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has touched every corner of American society from large cities to rural communities. Throughout the country there is mass mobilization inspiring the nation to want to help meet this challenge together.
Best practices and innovations are being developed and implemented daily across government, private sector, medical, first responder, academic, and other communities of practice. This is a forum where you can make your voice heard and share ideas/ practices you have developed with government and other members of the public related to how to:
- Shield the populations most vulnerable to the coronavirus
- Shelter the susceptible to limit exposure and transmission
- Save the sick by providing critical medical treatment
- Sustain the supplies and protect the supply chain
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There is a person in Ontario Canada that found a way to double the number of people on a ventilator as long as the people were of a similar size and lung capacity. Disseminating this info to hospitals could help save some lives. Have a set of rules for when hospitals get overwhelmed as to who gets a ventilator and who doesn't. People in poor health and over the age of 80, may need to be waitlisted until younger folks... more »
Have local emergency / incident commands utilize CERT volunteers where available and applicable. Many CERT volunteers have significant life experiences that could be leveraged to assist the community. For example, retired transportation managers could be tasked with supply chain duties. Others with significant emergency response or incident command experience could be utilized to provide command center shift relief.
I am a hazardous materials emergency operations supervisor for 20+years and environmental consultant on the highest profile SARA/ CIRCLA and infectious medical waste Haz-mat sites in the USA. My idea is; Each operational personel shall maintain decontamination bags that each days reuseable mask, gown or applicable personal protective equipment (ppe) can be deposited in and those bags are time lapse and uv decontaminated.... more »
What about using CPAP machines and home use oxygen generators to ease the shortage of hospital ventilators.
It is reasonably plausible that placing a contaminated face mask or other PPE device into a regular microwave oven would effectively sterilize the piece. This approach is not "new", has been shown to effectively sterilize other medical devices ( https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/pdf/guidelines/disinfection-guidelines-H.pdf (see page 71)), and is documented in NIH publications ( https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?term=microwave+sterilization+virus... more »
Put out for bid a large amount of ventilators. Have fema purchase and stockpile these. Different areas and hospitals will need more at different times as different areas peak in their curve. Since fema owns the ventilators they can be taken from one place and moved to another based on need.
Please ensure that Lupus sufferers continue to be shielded from the Coronavirus Disease pandemic by prioritizing this group to be the first recipients of the drug Hydroxychloroquine, which would either be prescribed by a rheumatologist (as in my case), or a Principal Care Provider. It should be possible to investigate the volume of this drug being used for this purpose. I have personally been treated with this drug for... more »
As many Emergency Managers.. the scenario that we are currently living as a nation and as part of the workforce is not really detail nor adequately presented in the emergency company manual nor tabletop exercises. My suggestion is to request all industries governing bodies to mandate a realistic planning of a Pandemic for all institutions. From ensuring all employees can work from home and have all the necessary tools... more »
When a state, or any comunity is ordered to shelter in place due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the civil disobedience from the public needs to be met with much more than just mitigation practices from our local, and state officials. I am proposing much harsher penalties for those that would much rather choose to exercise civil disobedience, instead of upholding common decency to help sustain American lives. I... more »
My recommendation is that you or your organization's leaders enroll in the FEMA Emergency Management Institute course - IS-520: Introduction to Continuity of Operations Planning for Pandemic Influenzas - While this online course may focus on a different virus, managers and leaders will recognize the similarities to the current crisis and be able to apply the course lessons to form their own response plans to protect their... more »
Look to your local distillery operations to help get product that can be used as hand sanitizer from their production methods.
UV-C light sanitization for provider PPE reuse is effective against COVID19 and the process and procedure has been very well described and documented by the University of Nebraska Medical Center Bio Containment Unit. We are currently attempting to source appropriate equipment at my facility.
Mitigation of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic requires 1) coordinated and disciplined efforts at the local community level (e.g. of normalizing social distancing in public and places of business); 2) logistical surge capacity to collect, store, and distribute everything from PPE and cleaning supplies to food; 3) a cadre of volunteers with fundamental individual and organizational capabilities to plan, execute, and communicate... more »