In Case You Didn’t Follow the News — Here’s What Happened During the 2nd Week of October

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Cases Still Rising

Last week was an eventful one, to say the least. The world pandemic is far from slowing; according to the WHO, last week saw the biggest one-day increase ever. Overall, 1 in 10 people is estimated to have had the virus.

Not surprisingly, some countries are experiencing record numbers. France, for example, reached an astounding 27,000 new infections in 24 hours, the Czech Republic was on the verge of a second lockdown, and England’s cases had more than doubled from the previous week. …


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Today, October 23th, 2020, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte appeared with Health Minister and so-called Coronaminister Hugo de Jonge in a press conference. The situation is getting worse every day — and is calling for a partial lockdown.

The full press conference in Dutch

Among the new rules announced by the two ministers:

About the HORECA

  • Restaurants, bars, and other HORECA establishments will close. So will any catering sections of other businesses. Hotels may remain open.
  • Restaurants and coffee shops may still serve take-out.
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drugs may not be bought between 8 pm and 7 am.

About Social Contact

  • There may be a maximum of 30 people in any indoor space. The only exception: churches, protests, and democratic bodies. …

In Case You Didn’t Follow the News — Here’s What Happened During the 4th Week of September

UNGA 2020 and COVID-19

On the 4th week of September 2020, the world was focused on the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which opened on the 15th of September and will run until the 30th. For the first time, due to COVID-19, the assembly took place mostly online — and truth be told, coronavirus was a big part of the discussion as well. Kimiro Ishane, for example, talked about the geopolitical consequences of Japan’s response to the pandemic. Christine Lagarde also talked about unexpectedly positive, albeit uncertain, fiscal response for the European Union.

United Nation General Assembly
United Nation General Assembly
It’s the first time in 75 editions that the UNGA has taken place mostly online.

A Unified Response?

As expected, several speakers stressed the need for global cooperation, during this difficult time. Nonetheless, US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had some serious contrasts about COVID-19. Trump accused China of “ unleashing this plague into the world “ and Xi Jinping pointed the finger back at him for spreading a “political virus”. …


The Netherlands in Aerial View
The Netherlands in Aerial View

A coronavirus press conference was expected on 29th September 2020, but a day ahead on, September 28, 2020, Rutte and Jonge surprised the Netherlands anticipating it. During the persconferentie (impromptu press conference), The premier Rutte and the health minister De Jonge stressed the gravity of the situation and introduced new rules, aiming to contain COVID-19 contagion and bring the national R-value back to 1.3.

These new policies, according to Jonge, will need to be enforced in order to prevent a later national lockdown. Most are valid nationwide, but some are specifically targeted to hard-hit areas such as Randstad cities.

The New Corona Rules (Maatregels)

New health safety rules were…


In Case You Didn’t Follow the News — Here’s What Happened During the 3rd Week of September

Global COVID-19 Cases Soar

As of last week, there have been more than 30 million COVID-19 infections — with 21 million recovered and almost a million dead. The novel coronavirus is spreading faster and faster, and reaching almost every country in the world — 188 out of 195.

India, in particular, has gained an infamous global spotlight. It has been holding the world primate for the highest number of cases per day since last week, but experts speculate the numbers are probably much higher than reported. Nationals who have recovered have reported a “ COVID recovery trauma” due to the severity of the coronavirus in that area, especially now that oxygen is lacking. …


In Case You Didn’t Follow the News — Here’s What Happened During the 2nd Week of September

Legislation in the Second Wave

Last week was all about finding a balance between safety and the semblance of normality. While Asia’s AFC Soccer Cup was canceled, schools and beaches have started to reopen, and the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics are in full force. Governments are still working tirelessly to provide their citizens with effective legislation. Most recently, Hungary has announced a coronavirus “ war plan” to safeguard the local economy, and England has doubled down on its social distancing regulations.

International efforts are also on the move. Despite criticism directed at the EU due to a nonunified response to coronavirus, the Council of Europe Bank has signed a € 300 million loan agreement to aid Italy in their Covid-19 response. …


What Happened Last Week, the 1st Week of September?

Schools Reopening in Europe

Last week saw the first day of school for many pupils in Europe. France, Belgium, Russia, Spain, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Moldova, and Poland have started sending children back into classrooms after a long flirt with online teaching. Greece, Croatia, Albania, and Italy will follow suit next week, as the government has decided to push back the opening day. Albania and Turkey will start even later.

The reopening of physical classrooms is causing some concern around the globe. A fear is that schools, which often have inadequate ventilation, might spread the virus around even more. …


Finding the right information on the internet can be overwhelming. To give you a break, we at PPE Needed have compiled a quick list of Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Protection Equipment.

What PPE Should I Use?

Short answer: wear a face mask, and maybe eye protection.

Face masks are always a good option
Face masks are always a good option
Face masks are always a good option

Face masks are definitely the kind of PPE most talked about today. And it’s easy to see why: regardless of the different opinions out there, the truth is that face masks are effective against coronavirus (Covid-19) contagion. Scientific studies support their use — and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recommended wearing eye protection too. Other kinds of PPE, such as gloves and medical respirators, have serious drawbacks.


Thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, personal protection equipment is a relatively new addition to our everyday life. New research comes up every day about the best, and the worst protective gear one can use — It’s becoming so easy to get lost in details. With so much information available, it’s not rare that after a few minutes of scouting articles about personal protection equipment (PPE gear), there may still be some confusion. And the question remains: “What PPE should I wear”?

When in Doubt: Use a Face Mask

The number one kind of personal protection equipment recommended by specialists worldwide is the now ubiquitous face mask. As mentioned in our previous article, there are two types of PPE masks — surgical and cloth. Both are effective, especially when used by the majority of the population. In addition to protecting both the wearer and the people they may come in contact with, face masks are likely going to help us in the long term. Models about the spread of coronavirus have predicted that face mask use may prevent up to 58% of possible deaths by fall. …


PPE is everywhere these days. With the global rise of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the whole world has gotten used to a “new normal”. Our pace of life has been drastically redefined — and so has the way we carry our social relationships. Governments all around the world set regulations for safe conduct that included the infamous 1.5 meters (or 6 feet) rule. “Social distancing” has quickly become the keyword of the past few months, and the good news is: it seems to work.

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