Christine McCormick 12/14/20 2:53 PM 4 min read

Coronavirus and the SCONE™

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the deadliest public health crises in history with thousands of deaths being reported each day in the United States.

According to a CDC report, “nearly 300,000 excess deaths have occurred this year, suggesting that the official COVID-19 tally of about 220,000 deaths is an undercount” [1]. 

In addition to COVID-19 deaths, there have also been countless coronavirus hospitalizations and positive cases since the first reported case in the United States in January of 2020. Symptomatic individuals with COVID-19 report symptoms including cough, fever, loss of taste and/or smell, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, nausea, and difficulty breathing, and thousands of people with the coronavirus have had to be placed on ventilators or intubated in order to survive.

As we near a year since the onset of this pandemic, the coronavirus spread shows no signs of stopping with a second wave and even a third already under way. In October, the New York Times reported a daily average of 59,000 new cases in the United States, and this number has only continued to rise in spite of efforts to mitigate its spread [1].

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the leading experts on infectious diseases said COVID-19 is his “worst nightmare” due to its highly contagious nature and high rate of illness and death” [2]. 

 

Because COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that is transmitted through droplets and aerosols, it is easy for infected individuals to spread the virus by sneezing, coughing, or even speaking [3]. As such, it is vital for people to wear masks and practice social distancing, even if they are not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms.

Maintaining distance is not always possible, especially for healthcare workers who care for COVID-19 patients, face personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, and are at high risk for the virus. This is why resources like the SCONE™ are necessary for helping decrease the transmission of COVID-19 in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

The SCONE™ provides an active barrier of protection that clears infectious droplets in under five minutes, allowing healthcare workers to treat patients without increasing their risk for COVID-19. Our hospitals are in need NOW.

 

SCONE™ has been authorized by the FDA for Emergency Use. Click the button to connect with us and learn how to get SCONE™ into your healthcare facility.

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Christine McCormick

Christine McCormick is an Operations and Marketing Manager with 10 years of experience working alongside and supporting leadership teams from various industries. She is new to the medical device space but brings a wealth of organizational, financial, and marketing expertise to SCONE in her current role. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated with a Bachelors from Northern Arizona University and currently lives with her high school sweetheart and their 3 children, ages 6-12 years old. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach and Disneyland (when it's open), and watching Grey's Anatomy on repeat.