Although covid-19 vaccination is in full swing in many countries, the global epidemic is still severe, and the increase in confirmed and death cases remains high. The cumulative number of confirmed cases worldwide now exceeds 130 million, and the total number of deaths exceeds 2.8 million.
U.S. vaccination speeds up
In the United States, where the epidemic is the worst, the vaccination rate is at a record high, but the number of infections in a single week has reached the highest level since the end of February. Data show that the United States received a record-breaking 4 million doses of vaccine on April 2. But on the same day, the United States added nearly 68,000 new cases, bringing the number of infections each week to the highest point since the end of February. There were also 949 deaths from covid-19 in the United States that day, down from more than 1,000 deaths per day in the previous two days. The current weekly death toll in the United States is the lowest since late October last year.（Click to share to LinkedIn）
The number of deaths in Brazil soars
In Brazil, the world's second worst epidemic, 1987 people died from the new crown on the 3rd, the highest number of deaths in a single day in the world on that day. The cumulative number of deaths in Brazil has exceeded 330,000, and the cumulative number of confirmed cases is nearly 13 million. A new wave of epidemics broke out in Brazil in January this year, causing the medical system to be overloaded in recent weeks. As of April 2, Brazil has vaccinated more than 24 million people, of which 18.8 million people have received one dose, accounting for about 8.9% of the country’s total population; Brazil now has 5.2 million people vaccinated with two doses, accounting for 2.49% of the country’s population.
India responds to a rebound in the epidemic
India is currently the most severely affected Asian country. The country added 93,000 cases on the 4th, the highest single-day increase since September last year. The current epidemic in India seems to be worse than it peaked in September last year, and the number of cases in the past month has more than quadrupled. The epidemic is also the third most serious in the world, and the daily infection level is on par with Brazil.
Maharashtra State, where India’s financial center Mumbai is located, announced on the evening of the 4th that stricter anti-epidemic measures will be implemented on the 5th. Including the closure of shopping malls, cinemas, bars, restaurants and religious places; curfews will also be imposed from 8 pm to 7 am the next day, and only those who perform necessary services are allowed to go out.
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Thakri once pointed out on the 2nd that more than half of the hospital’s beds in the state have been occupied, and the medical system may be overwhelmed within 15 to 20 days, and revealed that the lockdown may have to be implemented again.
Fa is forced to bow to reality
In Europe, France, which was locked in for the third time, had 5,273 people receiving treatment in the intensive care unit, an increase of 19 people from the previous day. However, the increase was still lower than the 145 people in the previous day. French President Macron has promised to increase hospital beds to care for critically ill patients. Macron originally hoped to get rid of the epidemic without the need to lock the country for the third time, but the more powerful variant strains and the slower vaccination made France have to bow to reality. The new restrictions are expected to further hit the French economy.（Click to share to Facebook）
Anglo-Australia investigating thrombosis problem
On the other hand, the United Kingdom confirmed that 7 people died of rare blood clots after being vaccinated with AstraZeneca. The British Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency said on the 3rd that as of March 24, 30 people in the UK had experienced thrombosis and low platelets after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, and 7 of them died. More than 18 million people in the UK have received the AstraZeneca vaccine, and regulators insist that the vaccine is safe.
People still need to wear masks for a long time when the vaccine has not yet been popularized and the effect of the vaccine has not been confirmed. The non-woven fabric, the main material of masks, has also seen a surge in demand in the past year due to the epidemic, and the non-woven fabric industry has developed rapidly. Non-woven fabrics are widely used in medical and health, agriculture and gardening, automobile transportation, clothing and footwear, construction, electrical and electronics, filtration, food and beverage, textile and civil engineering, packaging, protection, wet wipes and other fields. Among them, there are many applications in the medical field.
Why use nonwovens in medical and healthcare?
Nonwovens are extensively used in the medical field and in protection against biological agents in other sectors. They deliver critical safety properties, such as prevention against infections and diseases. With today’s multi-drug resistant strains of bacteria and virus, nonwovens can help in the fight against cross-contamination and the spread of infection in a medical or surgical environment. Because they are used only once and incinerated after use, the need for handling is avoided and the spread of contaminants is minimised.（try suntech Non-woven fabric）
The different uses are:
Surgical: single-use caps, gowns, face masks, scrub suits shoe covers, head covers
Drapes, wraps and packs
Sponges, dressings and wipes
Contamination control gowns
Trans-dermal drug delivery
Ostomy bag liners
Sterilisation wraps (CSR wrap)
Drug delivery (patches etc.)
Nonwovens are also increasingly a major component in the design of "smart" wound care products, providing such functions as the creation of a moist wound healing environment, with controlled vapour transmission, absorbency and low skin adhesion.
Most recent nonwovens innovations include the design of new scaffolds for 3D biological tissue engineering, implantable fabrics that can reinforce natural tissues, and nanofiber nonwovens filtration media offering enhanced particle capture properties.
New nonwovens materials with improved finishes including liquid repellent, virus proof and bacterial barrier properties have also been developed for applications such as surgical masks, gowns and drapes.
The advantages of using nonwovens in medical and healthcare
dry or wet contact
Fully compliant with EU standard EN 13795
Single-use = 100% certainty
Custom-made for the operating theatre
optimum wearer comfort
strong yet light in weight
optimal fluid absorbency
exchange of air, body heat and moisture
Excellent barrier properties
Abrasion resistance and lint free
Engineered stability for ETO, plasma, radiation, or steam sterilisation
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