Thursday, March 26, 2020

Newly Passed Stimulus Package Expected to Help US Economy. Healthcare Making Big Leaps Forward as Well.

At almost 1 a.m. two nights ago, White House and Senate leaders reached a deal for the largest emergency aid package in US history setting aside two trillion dollars (yes, you read that correctly) to hopefully provide a jolt to the struggling businesses and people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s no secret that a lot of industries have been affected by this crisis. This proposed legislation will be providing loans to the businesses that need it the most and also putting money into the hands of pretty much every American under a certain income level- expect a check in the mail if you make under six figures and paid taxes last year. I am particularly pleased with the $130 billion of funding for hospitals that have been hit the hardest.

An Iraq War veteran friend of mine that I spoke with the other day compared the nurses and doctors who are taking on this pandemic to soldiers in war. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to the bill to “a wartime level of investment for our nation.” I think the comparisons are apt. I could not be prouder of the courageous and hard-working men and women who have tackled this thing head-on and I’m pleased that Federal leadership is treating this like they would a war.

At Seal Shield, we are also treating this with the utmost seriousness, and we reached a major breakthrough this week. In response to a major mask shortage that has been putting healthcare workers at risk, our engineering team started testing our UV disinfection box, the ElectroClave, as a means to disinfect the N95 masks and prolong their usability. They determined that the surface level of the masks will achieve a 3-log reduction of pathogens when disinfected in our device. Additionally, the ElectroClave comes with software that can track the masks in an organization and send text-reminders when they are next due for a disinfection cycle. It is a comprehensive solution that can be of enormous help in this battle against COVID-19.

While we haven’t been quite as pushed as the great healthcare workers who have been on the front lines of this battle, we’ve been working tirelessly to get them the equipment they need to prevent further spread of this illness through cross-contamination. We have been dedicated to infection prevention since we started our company almost fourteen years ago and we are more committed and focused on our mission now in this time of crisis than ever before. Healthcare systems have never been tested as they are now, and we are and always will be behind them every step of the way.

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