The Delta Variant of COVID-19: Face Masks Are in Our Future.

Several red spherical masses with protruding spikes, a visual representation of the COVID-19 virus

NOTE: MRI will be closing our PPE warehouses on September 30th, 2021. We are grateful to have been able to help keep you safe through this difficult time. Thank you for your support.

This last year and a half have been rough for all of us. We’ve been in quarantine, distancing ourselves from one another, avoiding public spaces, and wearing masks when we must be indoors. We’ve been teaching our children at home, or sending them to school with masks, where they are required to sit in desks that are 6 feet apart. With the release of the vaccines, restrictions have been lifted in all states, including mask mandates. It was quite literally a breath of fresh air not to have to wear a mask in the grocery store! And for those of us with kiddos, we know how excited they are to enter the fall of 2021-2022 school year sans masks. However, with cases of the Delta variant rising rapidly, for the safety of our children, it might not be time to lift the mask mandate just yet.

According to the CDC, the Delta variant spreads easily and quickly (it’s actually 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was already 50% more contagious than the original version). The strain has mutations on the spike protein that make it easier for it to infect human cells. That means people may be more contagious if they contract the virus and then, consequently, more easily spread it to others. It is now the dominant strain in the United States. Public health experts estimate that the average person who gets infected with Delta spreads it to three or four other people, as compared with one or two other people through the original coronavirus strain, according to Yale Medicine. The Delta variant may also be able to escape protection from vaccines and be resistant to some COVID-19 treatments, though studies are still ongoing.

Scientists are still tracking the data to determine how deadly it is. Based on hospitalizations in the U.K., the Delta variant does seem more likely to lead to hospitalization and death, particularly among unvaccinated people, according to a recent study published in The Lancet.

A map of the globe showing countries where the Delta variant is increasing colored in orange. All North America, most of South America, primarily southern Africa, nearly all of Eurasia, and Australia are primarily orange.

In the article, “5 Things to Know about the Delta Variant,” Yale researchers explain that with the Delta variant, COVID-19 outbreaks have become hyperlocal and, in specific areas of the United States, there is a disproportionate number of unvaccinated people especially in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, and West Virginia. Also, remember there is no approved vaccine for children between the ages 5 and 12 years old. According to a recent study published by Imperial College London, children and unvaccinated adults under 50 were 2.5 times more likely to become infected with Delta.  Thus, children are at the most at risk, especially with the fast-moving Delta variant.

The back of a blonde parent in a green shirt holding a child, who is facing the camera and wearing a mask.

The CDC has published guidelines regarding how to protect yourself if you are unvaccinated. At the top of the list is: wear a mask. CDC guidelines suggest unvaccinated people age 2+ should wear a mask, in addition to the vaccinated immunocompromised population.  The CDC also makes specific suggestions for the best types of masks to wear to prevent contracting COVID:

  • 2 or more layers of breathable fabric
  • Nose and mouth completely covered
  • Fit snugly
  • Nose wire to prevent air from escaping/entering

MRI offers top quality, safety-ensured N95 and KN95 masks, and a full line of available FDA-approved face masks for industrial or personal use – along with other protective personal equipment:

  • Non-surgical isolation gowns
  • Daily use masks
  • General use face masks
  • Sterilized, individually wrapped masks
  • KN95 masks
  • N95 masks
  • Level 1 face masks
  • Level 2 face masks
  • Latex-free masks

We spent months searching for the best manufacturers around the world – the same ones that produce FDA or CE listed products. We know that our final product is high-quality because we visit our manufacturers often and have built strong personal relationships with the owners. We give each manufacturer a compliance audit to evaluate factors such as manufacturer certification, delivery times, and final product. In addition, we review for fair wages, reasonable hours, and environment. We consistently meet our goal of a score of 90 or above for every factory.

Through our diligent factory audits, you can rest assured that our masks offer the best in terms of filter efficiency. Our disposable masks include 1) an inner layer made of spun-bound polypropylene, 2) a middle layer made from melt-blown polypropylene, and 3) an outer layer made from spun-bound polypropylene. Our KN95 masks consist of:

  • Non-woven polypropylene isolation layer
  • Melt-blown thermoplastic layer (electrostatic charged, usually PP)
  • Two-ply heat-sealed cotton
  • Cotton comfort layer

In addition to masks, MRI also sells nitrile gloves, nonsurgical isolation and protective gowns, and test swabs. Our customers enjoy wholesale pricing and same day shipping. Let’s keep our children and the immunocompromised safe —  contact us today!

 

A MESSAGE FROM MRI

To all of our valued customers over the last 16 months:

MRI has made the decision to close down our website (MRI-CARE.com) at the end of September 2021 as we conclude our PPE business.  There is still ample supply of protective masks and PPE in our warehouse.  If you have any needs, please place your orders within the next 40 days. Keep in mind, we have lowered our prices and offer free shipping to all of our customers.  In light of what is going on with the Delta variant, it may be a good idea to play it safe and place new orders.

We would like to also take this opportunity to thank you all.  While this has been a very difficult time in our lives, hopefully MRI has helped you and your loved ones with our PPE.

 Stay safe.

Your friends at MRI

 

About MRI:

MRI offers a full line of available FDA-approved face masks for industrial or personal use and protective gowns providing protection from liquids.

MRI is transparent about the stringent testing their PPE is subjected to. Next to each protective mask product offering on the web page, MRI gives each potential customer access to mask testing results including bacterial filtration efficiency and differential pressure reports.

Besides disposable face masks, MRI also offers nitrile gloves, nonsurgical gowns, and testing swabs to the public. If you are in search of a large quantity of bulk PPE, you’ve arrived at a safe, FDA-approved destination. Contact MRI today at: (224) 268-6428 / Sales@mri-care.com

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