Pro-mask campaigns ramp up

Public health experts fear catastrophic increase in deaths as cold weather arrives; COVID-19 hot spots now mostly in the Plains and Midwest, where sharp increases in new cases strain hospitals.

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And a few odds and ends from around the interwebs:

  • Crisis communications for healthcare executives: I had the honor of appearing on Theresa Jacobellis’s podcast, Healthcare Confidential, for a conversation about healthcare crisis communications and ways to avoid crises in the first place. Please check it out.

  • The National Retail Federation and Crisis Prevention Institute, a consulting firm that specializes in de-escalation training, have teamed up to train store workers on how to manage customers who balk at COVID-19 precautions like face coverings and social distancing, according to the New York Times.

  • The Infectious Disease Society of America and others have launched a campaign to get more people to wear face coverings. Follow #MaskUpAmerica on social media.

  • The maker of Durex condoms reports sales jumped 13% in the United Kingdom since COVID-19 restrictions were relaxed at the start of Fall. The real winners are makers of disinfectants, who report sales up more than 50% over the same period last year, according to BBC News.

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