Unisex PPE That Doesn’t Fit Women Linked to Workplace Accidents

William D. Jones, MD is an independent doctor in Oklahoma City, OK, specializing in preventative medicine. Through his involvement with the American Medical Association, William D. Jones, MD has researched infection prevention related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Infection prevention and control have never been more widely discussed than during the coronavirus pandemic, which medical professionals have widely attributed to the dramatic increase in infections within the medical industry. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is in such high demand that many organizations and entities realize that their PPE is insufficient in supply or design. Extreme pressure from the pandemic’s demands on healthcare professionals has led some to criticize how most unisex PPE is designed to fit the average European male, for example.

Improperly fitting PPE can be a source of anxiety or legitimate danger for women in healthcare who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Statistics from the American Medical Association show that 57 percent of women using PPE were significantly hampered by the size and shape of the equipment being ill-suited. There is a higher risk of injury from slipping up when using gloves or shoes that don’t fit. Some women even reported developing pressure ulcers from masks that wouldn’t form a vacuum seal without forceful adjustment.

Personal Protective Equipment Benefits for Companies and Employees

With an MD from Brown University, William D. Jones is an Oklahoma City, OK resident and an experienced doctor. At his private practice in Oklahoma, William D. Jones, MD offers preventive medicine services and sources personal protective equipment to healthcare workers.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) help people not get infected at the workplace. They can provide workplace safety and prevent people from being exposed to chemical substances that could harm them. Even if employees get infected or exposed to germs or bacteria, PPE minimizes the risks and can be why an employee is not heavily hurt. PPE also reduces the risk of transmission of germs or bacteria from one employee to another.

This can benefit companies and businesses of all kinds as it can secure larger manpower since people won’t get sick or injured. Investments in PPE send a strong message to both clients and potential employees that the company values people. It can also save costs from workers’ comp claims and personal injury cases if a person is indeed injured due to the company’s negligence.

Maintaining Health Protocols to Help End the COVID-19 Pandemic

A long-time private medical practitioner in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, previously served as medical director of the Department of Occupational Medicine, Norman Regional Hospital, in Norman, OK. He and his colleagues are frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. William D. Jones earned his MD at Brown University.

In an April 21, 2020, article on Boston.com, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, stated that the United States had nearly turned the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Jha noted that around 50 percent of the US population have some virus immunity, and that this number may be higher in the coming months. This factor will help in curbing surges, which most of the country has been experiencing.

Key factors in our ongoing efforts to mitigate the pandemic include sustained vaccination efforts and maintaining social distancing and other health protocols. While it is reasonable for vaccinated people to engage in essential travel, all non-essential travel, such as taking vacations, should be put off until a later date. This will help reduce infection rates in the coming months and eventually end the pandemic.

Oklahoma Governor Urges Mask Wearing in Wake of School Reopenings

William D. Jones, MD, of Oklahoma City, OK, cares for patients as an occupational and preventive medicine physician. As part of his Oklahoma City, OK, practice, William D. Jones, MD, follows developments related to COVID-19 across his home state.

On September 1, Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt convened a press conference where he encouraged all of the state’s residents to do their part in slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus by wearing masks. The governor made his announcement in the context of the recent reopening of the state’s schools, noting that mask-wearing is essential to ensuring they remain in session.

Stitt, who tested positive for COVID-19 in July, reiterated that he will refrain from issuing a statewide mask order, instead putting the onus on local officials, many of whom have mandated mask-wearing in their municipalities. According to Oklahoma medical experts, these local mandates have been effective, with cities with mask orders seeing lower transmission rates than those without.

Oklahoma’s interim commissioner of health, Colonel Lance Frye, notes that more than 35 of the state’s counties currently meet the criteria for recommended mask wearing. As for the governor, in addition to urging the wearing of masks, he reminded Oklahomans to continue to protect themselves and their neighbors by washing their hands and practicing social distancing.

An Overview of Oklahoma Coronavirus Face Covering Mandate

For over two decades, William D. Jones, MD has worked at his private practice in Oklahoma City, OK where he specializes in occupational and preventive medicine. During his career, he served at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK as the medical director. William D. Jones, MD has been keenly following the coronavirus pandemic in Oklahoma.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the City Council of Oklahoma approved an emergency public safety ordinance which compels everyone to wear face coverings in all indoor public places across the city. The ordinance that took effect immediately was backed by public health officials who said face coverings were key in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. According to the new regulations, everyone above 11 years is required to put on a face covering which includes either a mask or face shield. Children above the age of 3 years are encouraged to have a face covering although it is not mandatory.

Some of the exceptions of face coverings according to the ordinance include children aged below 10 years unless the mandate is enforced by a school or daycare facility and patrons who are eating or drinking in restaurants or bars. Other exceptions include individuals with developmental disabilities, patients receiving dental services, employees working in an office who don’t have face-to-face interactions with the public, and those attending religious services where social distancing is required.

The face covering requirement is expected to lapse on September 8, 2020 unless extended. A few weeks after the face covering mandate, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt indicated COVID-19 numbers had dropped compared to the period before the mandate was issued. According to his statement, public health data showed daily coronavirus diagnoses had gone down.

What Are Employee Protections under FFCR Act?

William D. Jones, MD, of Oklahoma City, OK, has over 25 years of experience in medicine. In addition to working in healthcare, William D. Jones, MD, has also been in private practice – also located in Oklahoma City, OK – for almost 24 years with focus areas that include occupational and preventive medicine.

In recent months, COVID-19 has been a priority in the state for all healthcare providers and the public at large, with legislation being enacted to protect everyone’s health and financial security through the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA). FFCRA requires certain employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide certain types of leave to employees for COVID-19-specific reasons.

Effective through the end of 2020, the law makes provisions for paid sick leave, family leave, or medical leave. The law allows for two weeks of paid sick leave if a person has to be quarantined or is dealing with symptoms of COVID-19, two weeks of paid sick leave but at two-thirds the employee’s pay rate to care for an individual with the virus, and “an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds” of the employees pay rate to care for a child.

The Act specifies what conditions that qualify under FFCRA and include:

*federal, state, or local order to quarantine because of the virus.
*when employees are advised by healthcare providers to self-isolate.
*if an employee is seeking a diagnosis and experiencing symptoms.
*if an employee is caring for an individual or a child with COVID-19.
*if an employee has to remain home to care for child as result of school closures.

Oklahoma at Phase 3 of Re-opening Plan Amid Coronavirus

CDC Provides COVID-19 Recommendations for Vulnerable Workers

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A physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has served as secretary/treasurer for the Oklahoma College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 2012. Since finishing his residency at the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has focused on preventive medicine and public health.

Committed to nationwide public health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regularly updates its coronavirus recommendations for the public and businesses. The CDC publishes guidelines designed to guide businesses in preventing and slowing the spread of COVID-19 within the workplace. The CDC offers specific guidelines for companies that employ particularly vulnerable groups, including individuals over the age of 65 or those with underlying medical conditions.

CDC recommends that employers of vulnerable populations allow them to work remotely whenever possible, in addition to offering them job responsibilities with minimal contact with customers or fellow employees. For the latest CDC coronavirus recommendations, visit http://www.cdc.gov.

AMA Adopts New Policies to Address National HIV Epidemic

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A medical doctor based in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones MD specializes in occupational and preventive medicine. Since 1988, Oklahoma City, OK-based physician William D. Jones has held membership in the American Medical Association.

The leading national physician organization in the U.S., the American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted new policies that seek to address the HIV epidemic as the result of a vote at its Annual Meeting. At the core of the new policy, the AMA will concentrate more of its fundraising efforts on plans that aim to accomplish such goals as diagnosing individuals who have contracted HIV as early as possible and treating HIV infection to bring about sustained viral suppression.

As an additional step toward suppressing the HIV epidemic in the U.S., the AMA adopted a policy that aims to de-stigmatize HIV infection. Through the policy, the AMA will advocate for the repeal of state laws that criminalize the non-disclosure of HIV status. It seeks to accomplish this in part by creating a new program to educate health care professionals, physicians, and the public on new techniques for reducing the risk of HIV transmission.

Sleeping In on Weekends Decreases Risk of Death

 

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William D Jones MD

A resident of Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, is a physician focusing on occupational and preventive medicine. Having received his doctor of medicine from Brown University, William D. Jones, MD, operates his own private practice for patients in Oklahoma City, OK.

Sleep is an essential part of preventive care. In fact, physicians almost always recommend that patients get an adequate amount of rest in order to best recover from diseases and illnesses.

A new study coming out of Sweden claims that people who sleep in during the weekend have a lower risk of death. On the other hand, people who get less than five hours of sleep each night increase their rate of mortality by 52 percent. The good news for those on a tight weekday schedule is that the higher mortality rate can be lessened or eliminated by reclaiming the lost sleep during the weekends.

Examining the data of more than 43,000 subjects, the researchers still recommend a proper amount of sleep each night, no matter what day of the week it is. They also found that both insufficient and excessive sleep generally lead to a higher risk of death.