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FDA Clears N95 Decontamination Process That Could Clean Up to 4 Million Masks Per Day (TechCrunch, 04/13/20) “That’s a significant potential dent in the ongoing shortage of supplies faced by medical professionals and frontline workers at healthcare facilities. This decontamination process would open up re-use of N95 masks originally designed for single use, and it uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide gas to clean the respirators.”

Will the Open Office Die Following COVID-19 Pandemic? (ZDNet, 04/13/20) “A study published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society found face-to-face conversations fell as much as 70 percent in open floor plans. Numerous publications such as the Harvard Business ReviewEntrepreneur, and PBS have chronicled the open-office backlash. That backlash is going to escalate as the COVID-19 pandemic ends and people go back to offices that are too open.”

COVID-19 Could Forever Change How We Travel—for Better or Worse (Fast Company, 04/13/20) “The realities of a post-COVID-19 world will pose new challenges to cities and transportation systems in particular—from airlines and light-rail networks to ride-hailing platforms and even micro-mobility services. That’s because, right now, human mobility is a vector for disease, hence the stay-at-home orders. Aviation and mass transit are also all about density, which is the antithesis of social distancing.”

3 Tips to Avoid WFH Burnout (Harvard Business Review) “The lines between work and non-work are blurring in new and unusual ways, and many employees who are working remotely for the first time are likely to struggle to preserve healthy boundaries between their professional and personal lives.”

Cuomo: Millions and Millions of Tests Needed to Open Economy (The Hill) “Cuomo has said that New York state has developed a test that sees whether a person has developed antibodies to fight COVID-19. It has been well-documented that not everyone who contracted the virus will show outward symptoms consistent with the disease. ‘We cannot restart life as we knew it without testing,’ he tweeted earlier this week.”

We Need Imagination Now More Than Ever (Harvard Business Review) “[W]e may not be able to return to our familiar pre-crisis reality. Pandemics, wars, and other social crises often create new attitudes, needs, and behaviors, which need to be managed. We believe imagination—the capacity to create, evolve, and exploit mental models of things or situations that don’t yet exist—is the crucial factor in seizing and creating new opportunities, and finding new paths to growth.”

As the impact of the coronavirus evolves, you can count on WSPN to continue to share information and updates as well as how it impacts the nonprofit community. Please watch our website and our social media channels for more information as we receive it.

For more detailed information regarding the coronavirus, COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites. Click here for the most current COVID-19 Situation Report and Risk Communication Guidance. Visit DuPage County Health Department for up-to-date information for DuPage County. Please remember to visit CRIS website to update your profile if your service delivery options have changed. 

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Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Data sources include the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, as well as local authorities, medical sources, and news reports.

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