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FEATURE

MARKET WATCH

Industry
vs.

Pandemic
Round 1?

T

he global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is
unprecedented, with the textile industry playing a
key role. Suppliers and end product manufacturers
have pivoted at lightning speed to produce much-needed
PPE for front-line medical workers. IFAI members are
reaching across markets, sharing designs and resources,
and offering ideas and support, all while taking actions
that reflect a high concern for the health and safety of
the textile workforce. Indeed, the first step for many
companies either deemed "essential" by authorities or
not under "shelter in place" rules was to reorganize to
maintain safe operating conditions for employees, as
well as customers.

By Elisa Bernick, Sammi Jones,
Jill C. Lafferty, Galynn Nordstrom,
Rebecca J. Post and Janet Preus

720

rs

This illustration, created at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals
ultrastructural morphology exhibited by
coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer
surface of the virus, which impart the look of a
corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron
microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARSCoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak
of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China
in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been
named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Among the many IFAI initiatives (see page 25) that came
together in this historic moment, the organization conducted
market-centered webinars asking members what steps they're
taking, what issues they feel are paramount, and what they
anticipate in the next few months. "The member forums provide
an atmosphere for sharing during a time of confusion," says
Christine Gerard, division operation manager at IFAI. "This is a
way for members to give back to one another." In the weeks and
months ahead, IFAI will continue to sponsor timely webinars and
trainings to help industry professionals respond to COVID-19.
As this issue of Specialty Fabrics Review goes to press, many
unknowns remain. But as industry companies juggle issues
like the need to protect employees, the need to protect their
businesses, and the critical need to supply health-care workers
with protective gear, we can take comfort in at least one known:
We're all in this together.
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