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  • Why I ditched the regular toothpaste and switched to sustainable toothpaste

    Truly ethical and sustainable brands aren't easy to find.


    When first faced with the challenge of making my daily cleaning and hygiene routine entirely sustainable, changing my toothpaste was not the first thing that came to my mind.

    Covid-19 has given me more awareness of the products I am using that could be more sustainable. It has also given me more time to spend carefully sifting through all the options online instead of rushing to the shops and choosing what appears to be the most environmentally conscious item stocked in store.

    Countless products are guilty of ‘greenwashing’ - a term coined to describe a product which is labelled with terms like ‘organic’ but which in reality is much less environmentally conscious than it claims to be. Online it is easier to check and research ingredients, production processes and the company’s ethical values.

    One of the unsustainable products that I knew I had been ignori

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  • Beating Coronavirus: Flatten the Curve, Raise the Line

    COVID-19, caused by a coronavirus, has led to a pandemic that threatens everyone. The overriding strategy to limit the damage and to beat this pandemic is to “flatten the curve and raise the line.”  


    During a pandemic, health care resources like hospitals and ICU beds can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of patients - above and beyond the baseline number of patients who are already being cared for by the healthcare system, like those with heart attacks, strokes, or other infections.

    To visualize the progress of a disease outbreak over time, we can plot an epidemic curve. This is a graphic depiction of the number of new outbreak cases by date of onset of the disease. The overall shape of the curve can reveal the type of outbreak we’re dealing with and the horizontal line represents the capacity of the community health care system. Hospital capacity is defined as the number of beds, staffing, and other measu

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  • N95 Masks Clinical Skills

    Healthcare personnel who are caring for, or are otherwise in close proximity to, people suspected of having COVID-19 should wear N95 masks. Given that the supply of masks can get depleted quickly during an outbreak, these masks can be worn for extended use and limited reuse in many situations, assuming that the mask is working well and doesn’t pose the risk of cross-contamination. Non-healthcare personnel have a far lower risk of contracting COVID-19 and aren’t advised to wear N95 masks. For more information check out our video on COVID-19 on Osmosis.org. 

    Hold the N95 mask in the palm of your hand. Check the mask to ensure it is in good condition. To apply it, point its nose up and let its elastics dangle towards the floor. Place the mask on your face, pull the bottom strap around your head, rest it below your ears. The top strap goes on the crown of your head. Remember, this order is important. Bottom strap always first. Mold the nose piece to fit your nose. Remember, comf

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