September 30 Weekly Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak. Once a week, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these weekly round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (September 30, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • URI Students Design “Smart Mask” to Detect Symptoms of COVID-19 – A team of students from the University of Rhode Island has designed and built a “smart mask” capable of detecting symptoms of COVID-19. The mask has the ability to transmit the wearers’ temperature, breathing rate, and coughing rate to an app for medical personnel to examine in real-time. Read more here.
  • Beth Israel Study Finds Higher COVID-19 Mortality Rates Among Men – Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have found that biological males have been dying at a much higher rate than biological females. The researchers concluded that gender has been an overlooked variable in the study of COVID-19 thus far. Read more here.
  • UMass Memorial Increases PPE Stockpile – Taking lessons from the early pandemic scramble for medical supplies, UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester has ballooned its PPE stockpile to ten times the pre-COVID amount. The medical supply reserve will continue to be a priority as the flu season approaches. Read more here.
  • MGH, MIT, and Harvard Researchers Release Study on COVID-19’s Impact on the Immune System – Researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital have released a study detailing how COVID-19 affects the production of antibodies in the immune system. The insights gained from the study may help in the creation of more durable therapies for the virus. Read more here.

Stay tuned for more updates each day, and follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates on how Council members are contributing to the response to this global health crisis.




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