iCubate Weekly Digest April 7, 2020

iCubate Weekly Digest April 7, 2020

As the nation and the world continues to adjust to the impact of COVID-19, the team at iCubate is working to offer diagnostic solutions. We encourage each of you to follow the guidance provided by the CDC and other trusted voices. Below is the latest information from the CDC on face coverings. Additionally, take a moment to watch Shareable Science on COVID-19 from HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.

iCubate is grateful for the front line health care workers and everyone who is playing a role in combating COVID-19. These are undoubtedly uncertain and difficult times, but by working together as a community, we will get through this, together.

-from the iCubate team

Recommendation Regarding the Use of
Cloth Face Coverings

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.  This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.

Watch for symptoms Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to
severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease
2019 (COVID-19) cases.These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
(based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Click here to see how to make your own cloth face covering using household items.

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