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A Message from the VP - Covid-19 Masks

Friday, April 24, 2020 - Chris Delano - Vice President of IPD USA

Changing Minds Behind The Mask

In my life I only saw people wearing face masks who worked in a medical environment, usually a group of people diagnosing my broken body after a motocross accident or drilling my teeth!  The first time I was exposed to a significant amount of people wearing masks in public was back in January of 2013 when I traveled to Tokyo Japan.  I remember walking through Narita airport and seeing people wearing some form of protective mask.  To be honest, I felt out of place because there were more people wearing masks than not.   In an effort to maintain transparency while writing this, I will say, I felt completely awkward in this situation.   Was something going on I wasn’t privy to, did something happen during my flight that forced everyone to cover their face?

This was a business trip for IPD and I was meeting Volvo enthusiasts across Japan while attending the Tokyo Auto Salon.   My first meeting was with an IPD distributor in Chiba Japan.   A gentleman I had known for over 15 years, but had never met face to face.  When he picked me up from my hotel, he too was wearing a mask.  He shook my hand and greeted me with what I assumed was a huge smile behind a cotton cover.   Normally, in a foreign country you do your best to focus and read facial expressions to help get past language barriers.  We both did our best to get through our initial pleasantries.  

I was now in Japan long enough to see people riding bikes, walking, driving cars, working in restaurants and stores who mainly were all wearing face protection.  After meeting up with associates and partners in the industry I finally felt comfortable enough to breach the subject.   Why are there so many people wearing masks?   A good friend of mine said, “It’s cold and flu season here in Japan.”  He went on to tell me that when they feel a tickle in their throat, cough, or have symptoms of a cold or flu, it’s a sign of being respectful.  They wear the mask to protect others, not necessarily to protect themselves.   Back then I vividly remember thinking that makes sense in a heavily populated area like Tokyo.  As I made my way across the country, that respect was shown in the most rural areas as well. 

This was a big shift for me, not just that they weren’t hiding their faces, but basically advertising that they may be ill. My personal experience was to always hide the fact I was sick, mainly for fear of people distancing themselves from me.   Throughout that particular trip, I wondered how something like this would ever be adopted or fit into western culture. 

Now fast forwarding all these years, the CDC is asking people to wear these masks in public to help prevent the spread of disease.   Some states are requiring you to wear masks while grocery shopping, putting gas in your car, or anytime you’re out in public.  I’ll be the first to admit how uncomfortable I was wearing a mask the first time I went grocery shopping for my family.   It completely feels abnormal walking around hiding your face.   For anyone who knows me, I’m an extrovert who engages all strangers within range!   My shopping has become more intentional these days and I remind myself I’m wearing this mask to be respectful and protect others.  I’m doing my best to support all recommendations and guidelines requested by our local health authorities.   As the weeks go by it is incredible to see so many people displaying the same respect and concern.  I look at it as if I’m doing everyone else a favor by not having to look at my ugly mug! 

IPD has many relationships with hospitals and nursing organizations.  IPD partners with Nursingale, a home health care organization catering to medically fragile children.   We have been doing everything we can to support these organizations during this time.  We’ve donated thousands of gloves to those in need.  We’re fortunate to offer our customers masks who have been trying to source them.  The unfortunate part is cotton masks are not medical grade.  Simple cotton masks are strictly used for social distancing protocols while venturing out and interacting in public.  While these may work extremely well for you, they’re not medical grade for people in riskier environments. 

IPD will be sharing a portion of the proceeds from the sales of these cotton masks to our friends at Nursingale.   With this, we can help our customers with their safety in public while helping our friends at Nursingale in their more critical work, everyone’s a winner. 

It’s amazing how thoughts and experience can stick with you throughout time.   My internal shifts and thoughts while visiting Japan have now come around and are being applied to my daily life and culture.   This is a very difficult time for everyone.   I appreciate everyone taking the time to read something I happened to be reflecting on that sparked a change in my personal viewpoint.  I’m extremely happy to see more and more people doing their best to protect themselves and others while being in public.   I hope everyone is safe and healthy.  I believe we will get through this unfortunate time together.  I am curious how we will move forward as a connected community looking out for one another.  It will be interesting to see how we look back at this time in the future. 

Thank you for all your support.   I’ve been blessed to be a part of the best automotive community in the world!

 

Best wishes,

Chris Delano

IPD USA Vice President 


Here is a link to the masks we have been able to create for our amazing customers:

https://www.ipdusa.com/catalog.asp?numRecordPosition=0&searchwords=mask

 

If you're looking to venture out and still receive a friendly smile while avoiding becoming a social outcast, get yourself a practical mask!  These cotton masks are simple, effective, and cover your nose and mouth appropriately while maintaining effortless breathing.  The high quality cotton is soft and comfortable for your face. 

These masks are perfect for both men and women.  They can be worn while cycling, running, excercising, shopping, and working on your vehicle.  If you're planning on traveling, this face mask will ensure a comfy fit for long durations of use.  

If you're looking to protect yourself from dust, small particles on air, pollen and much more, these face masks are affordable and high qualtiy.  Each kit comes as a 5 pack.  You get five washable and reusable masks. 

  • Dust Protection
  • Spray Protection
  • Germ Protection
  • Not hospital or surgical grade.
  • Unisex
  • Color Black
  • Quantity 5


Notes about the cloth mask from the Centers for Disease Control, CDC:

About Cloth Face Coverings

A cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.

COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arms lengths).

Wear Cloth Face Coverings

Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.

  • Cloth face coverings may 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 can be made from household items.

Prevent Spread by Those Without Symptoms

While people who are sick or know that they have COVID-19 should isolate at home, COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected.   That’s why it’s important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) and wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Cloth face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.

Who should wear 

- People older than 2 years of age in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

Who should not wear

- Children under age 2

- Anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance


How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions  and social distancing  in public settings.

 

  • Who should NOT use cloth face coverings: children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • Cloth face coverings are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Surgical masks and N-95 respirators must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended in CDC guidance.

Wear your Face Covering Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
  • Make sure you can breathe easily

Use the Face Covering to Protect Others

  • Wear a face covering to help protect others in case you’re infected but don’t have symptoms
  • Keep the covering on your face the entire time you’re in public
  • Don’t put the covering around your neck or up on your forehead
  • Don’t touch the face covering, and, if you do, wash your hands

Follow Everyday Health Habits

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Take Off Your Cloth Face Covering Carefully, When You’re Home

  • Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  • Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  • Fold outside corners together
  • Place covering in the washing machine (learn more about how to wash cloth face coverings)
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.


How to Wash Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 when combined with every day preventive actions and social distancing in public settings.

Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use. It is important to always remove face coverings correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used face covering.

How to clean

Washing machine

  • You can include your face covering with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.

Washing by hand

  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or
    • 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection. Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Soak the face covering in the bleach solution for 5 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.

Make sure to completely dry cloth face covering after washing

How to dry

Dryer

  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

Air dry

  • Lay flat and allow to completely dry. If possible, place the cloth face covering in direct sunlight.

Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

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 additionally 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.


When to wear gloves

For the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick.

In most other situations, like running errands, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions like keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol), and wearing a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public.

When cleaning

When you are routinely cleaning and disinfecting your home.

  • Follow precautions listed on the disinfectant product label, which may include-
    • wearing gloves (reusable or disposable) and
    • having good ventilation by turning on a fan or opening a window to get fresh air into the room you’re cleaning.
  • Wash your hands after you have removed the gloves.

When caring for someone who is sick

If you are providing care to someone who is sick at home or in another non-healthcare setting

  • Use disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting the area around the person who is sick or other surfaces that may be frequently touched in the home.
  • Use disposable gloves when touching or having contact with blood, stool, or body fluids, such as saliva, mucus, vomit, and urine.
  • After using disposable gloves, throw them out in a lined trash can. Do not disinfect or reuse the gloves.
  • Wash your hands after you have removed the gloves.

When gloves aren’t needed

Wearing gloves outside of these instances (for example, when using a shopping cart or using an ATM) will not necessarily protect you from getting COVID-19 and may still lead to the spread of germs. The best way to protect yourself from germs when running errands and after going out is to regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Other ways to protect yourself

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus and is mainly spread through droplets created when a person who is infected coughs, sneezes, or talks. You can protect yourself by keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others and washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol) at key times, and practicing everyday preventive actions.

Gloves in the workplace

Guidelines and recommendations for glove use in healthcare and work settings will differ from recommendations for the general public.


Social Distancing

Keep Your Distance to Slow the Spread!

What is social distancing?

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.

In addition to everyday steps to prevent COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.

Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Many people have personal circumstances or situations that present challenges with practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please see the following guidance for additional recommendations and considerations for:

Why practice social distancing?

COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period. Spread happens when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. Recent studies indicate that people who are infected but do not have symptoms likely also play a role in the spread of COVID-19.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. COVID-19 can live for hours or days on a surface, depending on factors such as sunlight, humidity, and the type of surface. Social distancing helps limit opportunities to come in contact with contaminated surfaces and infected people outside the home.

Although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community.

Stress and Coping. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations and having to socially distance yourself from someone you love can be difficult. Read tips for stress and coping. Need help? Know someone who does? If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

Need Covid help? Know someone who does?

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

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Thursday, April 30, 2020 - JAKE HALL

Very cool Chris! Great work IPD team! Jake Hall

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