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ANSI COVID-19 News: Long Haulers Virtual Support Group, Recognizing PPE, and Examining Digital Conversations


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ASTM International’s Standards Case Study Contest Winner Highlights Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment

ASTM International has announced the winners of its Standards Case Study Contest, for which ASTM technical committees were invited to submit examples of standards that exemplify “an above-average impact in bettering society.” The contest was part of the organization’s 125th anniversary commemoration.

The eight winning committees and their case studiesselected from 74 submissions from 44 different committeesincluded ASTM’s Committee F23, Personal Protective and Equipment, for which Subcommittee F23.65, Respiratory, developed ASTM F3502-22, the first ASTM standard to address barrier face coverings. The standard was developed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Other submissions included a consumer safety specification, and guidelines for operations, maintenance, and inspection procedures for amusement rides. See the winning case studies in ASTM’s news coverage.

WellSpan Offers Virtual Support Group for Long-Term COVID-19 Patients

WellSpan Health is offering a virtual support group for people facing long-term effects of COVID-19 on March 6, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET.

People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may experience related symptoms that can last weeks, months, or even years after infection, according to the CDC. Symptoms may go away or come back again. Long-term symptoms affiliated with COVID may be known as post COVID conditions, long COVID, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, long-term effects of COVID, or chronic COVID.

WellSpan Health’s virtual session will feature speakers from the WellSpan COVID care team, who will talk about challenges people face after having COVID-19. Topics will vary, with time for questions and discussion.

Register to attend the complimentary virtual session on WellSpan’s event page.

IEEE Research Examines the Most Popular Users in Twitter COVID-19 Conversations

IEEE has published a paper that examines digital conversations about COVID-19 on Twitter. Using NodeXL software, researchers analyzed over 95 tweet conversations from March 2020 until April 2021. Findings revealed that the top 10 most popular actors engaged in conversations were dominated by government institution accounts. The findings, published in the International Conference on Ubiquitous Information Management and Communication (IMCOM), also showed that during the global health crisis people were inclined to search for related information on a daily basis from authorities.

Some users also mentioned suggestions to the authorities to share official information related to the constantly changing situations. The study underscored that Twitter was able to facilitate important conversations because of the social platform’s capability to distribute information widely and quickly.

Access more information on the study on IEEE’s website.

See more ANSI member efforts in the ANSI COVID-19 Resource Webpage Highlighting Standardization Community Response



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