Personal Protective Equipment: Let’s not be caught short
With the global outbreak of Covid-19 we all feel the need to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We’ve bought hand sanitizers, disinfectants and distanced ourselves from family members, friends and neighbors. We’ve ordered overpriced and probably substandard, but still ‘good enough’ face masks just to do the grocery run. They won’t arrive for another 5 weeks, but that’s not so bad, because we’re staying home.
Our doctors and nurses aren’t staying home. Right now they are doing all they can to treat the thousands of people suffering from this infection, performing the vital works that will ultimately bring the UK through this epidemic. Our NHS is doing an amazing job, however, there are hospitals that are struggling to provide medical staff with the necessary PPE to safely treat patients. This means our heroes are at risk.
This week The Guardian and The Independent reported that medical staff are being asked not to discuss PPE shortages in public. Despite this “gagging” order, wild reports about hospital staff making masks from snorkels, and other stories about the general lack of necessary equipment are prolific across all media. This is a problem, but not one that we can’t overcome together.
At masksforheroes.org.com we are asking trade companies with access to medical grade PPE to pledge what they can for medical facilities across the UK. Let’s help to protect our heroes.
Note: Over 20,000 retired doctors and nurses across the UK have volunteered to return to work during this epidemic, despite being in the most vulnerable age bracket for this infectious disease. What will you do?