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Researchers Conclude Which Face Masks are the Least Effective

10 August, 2020

Researchers Conclude Which Face Masks are the Least Effective

A group of researchers at Duke University devised a simple method to analyze the effectiveness of a variety of civilian face masks and simple cloth face coverings, which have become essential to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Breakdown of Face Mask & Covering Effectiveness

When testing the effectiveness of 14 commonly available face masks and coverings, including a professionally fitted N95 mask, which are usually reserved for health care workers, researchers discovered that some of them are actually quite useless.

Unsurprisingly, the most effective was the fitted N95 mask. The three-layer, disposable surgical masks and reusable cotton masks, which many people have been making at home and are available to purchase here, also performed well.

Martin Fischer, one of the authors of the study remarked that "...very simple masks, like these homemade cotton masks, do really well to stop the majority of these respiratory droplets."

Neck fleeces or gaiter masks, which are often used by runners, were the least effective. In fact, wearing a fleece mask resulted in a higher number of respiratory droplets, because the material seemed to break down larger droplets into smaller particles that are more easily carried away with air. In addition, folded bandanas and knitted masks performed poorly and did not offer much protection.

Read more to learn about the technique the researchers utilized and the other remarks of Fischer at CNN.

Works Cited

Elassar, Alaa. "Researchers Created a Test to Determine Which Masks Are the Least Effective." CNN, Cable News Network, 9 Aug. 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/us/duke-university-face-mask-test-trnd/index.html.

How to Celebrate Fourth of July Amid COVID-19

02 July, 2020

How to Celebrate Fourth of July Amid COVID-19

Happy July! With Fourth of July right around the corner, make sure to take all of the necessary precautions with safety measures in place in order to host a 4th of July celebration amid novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)! The following below are eight (8) steps the staff at Something Greek compiled and highly recommends:

1. Limit Your Invitation List

Although we deeply miss our neighbors, co-workers, friends, sorority sisters or fraternity brothers, and family members, we must remain vigilant, safe, healthy, and well to protect them. Therefore, your invitation list to your Fourth of July social gathering must be limited, especially if you are inviting others outside of your residence.

But how many guests should be invited? The answer to this question depends on how large your outdoor property is, so that with limited guests, everyone is able to properly social distance six feet (6 ft.) apart from each other. Ideally, the less is better, and yes, you read that correctly. We only mentioned outdoor property, because outdoors offer superior ventilation than indoors. Therefore, guests should be invited to participate in limited contact, outdoor activities, such as badminton and tennis and/or drinking and eating only.

2. Set Up a Clean Patio & Restroom

Before Fourth of July, make sure to thoroughly clean your patio and its equipment and furniture. Then organize the equipment and furniture so that those who use them are able to adequately social distance. This will help to create a safe and welcoming environment for all to relax in.

In addition, make sure to thoroughly clean your restroom and to stock it with enough toilet paper, hand soap, and paper towel for all.

3. Set Up a Face Mask & Hand Sanitizing Station

Before inviting your first guest, make sure to set up a face mask or face covering and hand sanitizing station. This will provide guests who do not have civilian face masks or simple cloth face coverings with one, and access to hand sanitizer to sterilize their hands before and after joining in on the festivities if the restroom is unavailable.

Need a sorority or fraternity face mask or face covering? Then look no further, Something Greek offers a wide range of designs and colors, and we even sell ear protectors, ear savers, or ear strap extenders in three different designs as well! Choose between: letters, crests, or basic!

4. Wear Face Masks/Face Coverings

How to Use Cloth Face Masks & Face Coverings

Follow the guidelines outlined by your state to safely host your 4th of July party. If you are inviting neighbors, co-workers, friends, sorority sisters or fraternity brothers, and family members outside of your residence, always, always, always wear a fabric face mask or cotton face mask before inviting your first guest.

However, wearing a protective face mask is only effective if it is worn correctly. Read more about "How to Use Cloth Face Masks & Face Coverings" in our blog!

Afterwards, only permit guests with face masks or face coverings to enter your property, and if they do not have one, then offer them one. Similar to restaurants, the only exception to this rule is drinking and eating. Everyone who is finished drinking and eating must resume wearing face masks or face coverings for everyone's safety.

5. Use a Non-contact Infrared Thermometer (NCIT)

Non-contact Infrared Thermometers

Also, before allowing guests with face masks to enter your property, make sure to use a non-contact infrared thermometer (NCIT) to measure their surface temperature.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), "NCITs may be used to reduce cross-contamination risk and minimize the risk of spreading disease. While typically 98.6°F (37.0°C) is considered a 'normal' temperature, some studies have shown that 'normal' body temperature can be within a wide range, from 97°F (36.1°C) to 99°F (37.2°C)."

Make sure to read more about NCIT at the FDA's website as incorrect use of NCITs may lead to inaccurate temperature readings. Therefore, if anyone's temperature is above the advised, then you must refuse entry.

6. Social Distance

Social Distancing

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Social distancing, also called 'physical distancing,' means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people."

Based on the CDC, the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to limit face-to-face contact with others. Therefore, all guests must adhere to social distancing to slow the spread.

7. Use Disposable Kitchen Utensils

Although it is best to be environmentally-friendly, it is also best to use disposable kitchen utensils, such as cups, plates, forks, knives, and spoons during these uncertain times to slow the spread. While doing so, you also reduce the amount of cleanup work afterwards!

8. Sanitize/Sterilize Objects, Surfaces, & Spaces

Sanitize or sterilize frequently used or shared objects, surfaces, and spaces, such as door handles or door knobs and restrooms, as often as you can. Once your Fourth of July party is over, make sure to immediately clean up after everyone, the patio, its equipment, and its furniture, and the shared objects and spaces again.

We hope that our blog post was helpful and that everyone celebrates a happy 4th of July; remain vigilant, safe, healthy, and well!

Works Cited

Center for Devices and Radiological Health. "Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers." U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, www.fda.gov/medical-devices/general-hospital-devices-and-supplies/non-contact-infrared-thermometers.

"Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 June 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html.

How to Use Cloth Face Masks & Face Coverings

01 July, 2020

How to Use Cloth Face Masks & Face Coverings

CDC on Civilian Face Masks/Cloth Face Coverings

Cloth Face Cover

As of April 9, 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published, "Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19" as a public service announcement (PSA) to ensure safety from and prevention of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

CDC recommends wearing civilian face masks or simple cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures in essential businesses, such as, supermarkets, grocery stores, and pharmacies are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, such as New York and California.

This advisory is in place to help slow the spread of the virus and people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.

Need a sorority or fraternity face mask or face covering? Then look no further, Something Greek offers a wide range of designs and colors, and we even sell ear protectors, ear savers, or ear strap extenders in three different designs as well! Choose between: letters, crests, or basic!

How to Wear Fabric Face Masks/Cotton Face Masks

Face Mask Instructions

CDC advocates that fabric face masks or cotton face masks should: "fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape."

How to Safely Remove Used Fabric Face Masks/Protective Face Masks

Face Mask Instructions

CDC instructs everyone to be careful to avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth when removing used protective face masks.

Then CDC emphasizes the importance of washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately afterwards.

If soap and water are not readily available however, CDC approves the use of any hand sanitizer that is composed of at least 60% alcohol to clean hands. The proper way to do so would be to cover all surfaces of the hands and rub them together until they feel completely dry.

How to Safely Sterilize/Clean & Wash Reusable Face Masks/Washable Face Masks

CDC states that it is sufficient for reusable face masks to be routinely and properly washed depending on the frequency of use, with a washing machine.

Similarly, we urge washing our washable face masks before first and after each use through machine wash hot and tumble dry afterwards.

Works Cited

"How to Protect Yourself & Others." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Apr. 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

"Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 Apr. 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.

Something Greek COVID-19 Update

05 May, 2020

And we are back! We would like to kindly update everyone that we are running on the usual, normal production times. We estimate that all deliveries will be made in 10 to 14 business days, this includes both the production and transit times. However, with rush production or service, we estimate that most deliveries will be made in three (3) to five (5) business days, which also includes both the production and transit times. Once an order ships, you will still receive an email shipment confirmation with the respective tracking information.

We are currently operating on reduced business hours and these will be our business hours until further notice:

Monday to Friday at 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. EST

Good news! Our storefront has resumed normal business operations and is open for customers again! Come stop by and visit us, our customer service department is ready to assist you with any and all of your custom ordering needs! Everyday we strive and are happy to continue to provide you with the best-in-class service out there!

Again, we will continue to take all of the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe and store clean to prevent contamination and/or cross-contamination. All employees and customers are required to wear face masks upon entering the store. Our employees have access to hand sanitizers and are urged to properly and thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water as often as they can.

Thank you so much for your understanding! We hope to see you all soon! We wish you all the very best; be careful, safe, healthy, and well!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions and/or concerns you may have. We can be reached at:

An Important Message by Something Greek About COVID-19

03 April, 2020

To All of Our Something Greek Friends and Family

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, and want to sincerely thank each and every one of you who continue to support small businesses just like us that are impacted the most during this trying time. #ShopSmall

We would like to kindly update you all that we are running on slower than usual production times due to COVID-19 business restrictions in place. We estimate that all deliveries will be made in three (3) weeks, this includes both the production and transit times. Once an order ships, you will still receive an email shipment confirmation with the respective tracking information.

Our storefront is currently closed, but our customer service department is ready to assist you with any and all of your ordering needs. Everyday we strive and are happy to continue to provide you with the best-in-class service out there.

Again, we will continue to take all of the necessary precautions to keep our employees safe and store clean to prevent contamination and/or cross-contamination. Our employees have access to hand sanitizers and are urged to properly and thoroughly wash their hands with soap as often as they can.

We still want you to enjoy our newest items and ongoing sales, so we have decided to offer everyone 10% OFF ALL ORDERS by using the following discount code below at checkout:

CABINFEVER

Thank you so much for your understanding. We wish you all the very best; be careful, safe, healthy, and well.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions and/or concerns you may have. During this time, we can only be reached at:

In addition, we have also changed our business hours again for the Spring Schedule:

  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. EST

These will be our business hours until further notice.


"Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more."

- Mother Teresa

An Important Message from Something Greek Regarding COVID-19

18 March, 2020

To All of Our Something Greek Friends and Family

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone and want to assure you that the safety of our employees and customers is our utmost priority.

We will continue to take all of the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe and store clean. Our storefront is being cleaned daily as part of our normal routine. Our employees have access to hand sanitizers and are urged to properly wash their hands immediately after coming into contact with customers and/or currency.

In addition, we have changed our store hours for the Spring Schedule:

  • Monday - Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. EST
  • Sunday: 1:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. EST

These will be our business hours until further notice.

We still want you to enjoy our newest items and ongoing sales, so we have decided to offer everyone 10% OFF ALL ORDERS by using the following discount code below at checkout,

CABINFEVER

We thank you for your continued love and support. We will continue to provide you with the best-in-class service out there!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We can be reached at:


"Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more."

- Mother Teresa

“There Is More Love For Texas Than Water”

09 October, 2017

Something Greek Donates 600 items of Clothing to the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

“Hurricane Harvey brought terrible destruction, but it also brought out the best inhumanity.” –President Bill Clinton. It has only been a few weeks since Harvey, the destructive category 4 hurricane wreaked havoc on the citizens of Texas. The storm devastated homes and towns throughout the southern eastern coastline up into Houston, leaving millions without power and thousands without shelter, food, water, or even clothing. As the former president said; even within the midst of a huge national tragedy, we see the best in people. Lately Americans have witnessed the good in people come out as they long to help their neighbors and countrymen. Many companies including Something Greek here in West Hempstead, Long Island, have donated to help Hurricane victims.

 

“We have to do our part in the relief effort”, says Scott McManus, the CEO of Something Greek. “It comes down to doing the right thing to help people in need. Texas needs us and we will be there to help them.”  Something Greek is a custom clothing store specializing in making apparel for fraternity and sorority’s; the store donated 600 garments including a mix of shirts, jackets, and long sleeves that hadn’t yet been customized. While there is still so much more people can do to help Texas and now Florida and Puerto Rico, stores like Something Greek have played a role in helping. We, as a store, are humbled to join the call to action in Texas.

We urge anyone who can to please join in and donate at The Red Cross, The Salvation Army or any other site!

#PrayForTexas #PrayForFlorida #PrayForPuertoRico

Fraternity Mocks Sorority Recruitment Video!

11 August, 2017

Check out this super fun and super cool video of a fraternity mocking a sorority recruitment video! Real clever guys! 

The Ultimate Guide to Big/Lil Week Gifts!

10 August, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Big/Lil Week Gifts!

Being a little, I was spoiled by my big and the rest of my family. From getting shirts passed down, to getting my first pair of stitched letters to Lilly Pulitzer frocket t's, you name it, my big got it. 
Getting a little is the most exciting time during your active time in your organization. I loved spoiling my little with all her favorite candy, food, crafts, letters and clothes. My personal favorite part of big little week besides actually getting my little was putting together baskets and baskets full of stuff to deliver to her dorm. 
All schools do big little week a little different, but I'll share with you my ideas and hopefully this is something you will do! 
THE BIG LITTLE BASKET

Alpha Phi UConn Big & Little Basket! Gold &White #CraftyPhis #AlphaPhiUConn

 

Crafty Alpha Phi big and little sorority basket! So cute and creative!
This is the cutest way to deliver gifts. And if you are a social media junkie, its the best way for your little to show off all the rad and trendy gifts she just received from her big! 
DECORATING HER ROOM
Decorating her room is hands down the easiest thing to do if you are bringing her all her favorite foods, candies and anything else you can think of! Its a great WOW factor and she'll never want to take down her decorations either! 
If you are not to sure what to get your little and to fill the basket with, no worries!
Just follow the linked pictures below to purchase the hottest big/little gifts before they're gone!!
                                                                                             

Bid Day is Right Around The Corner!

08 August, 2017

 
  
BID DAY
 
There is nothing more exciting than welcoming new members to your organization. Some say this day is better than Christmas; I'd have to agree with that statement. Whether you go to a large school or a small school the feels of bid day are completely unreal!
There is so much that goes into prepping for bid day. Everything from the perfect shirt to the props for pictures. Sorority girls think of everything when it comes to bid day. 
 Here are some bid day themes we thought were over the top and awesome in every way! 
 
Have a happy bid day and may all the PNM's be in your favor!
 
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