Early on, The U.S. was only able to domestically manufacture about 17% of the PPE needed throughout the country per month leading to a “wild-west” situation fraught with fraud and difficulties.
Facilities that had previously used an established supplier for daily operations were suddenly finding themselves needing a much larger reserve of PPE supplies.
When PPE came on the market, it was often gone within minutes or hours. Organizations hired staff to do nothing but scour the internet looking for opportunities.
Cloth masks or coverings are better than nothing as they can possibly disrupt a cloud of droplets from coughs and sneezes and at the very least, may give a visual trigger to reinforce the practices of social distancing.
Gowns come with a variety of different protection levels, which serve different purposes for use in specific infection-control strategies. So, what are the different kinds of gowns used by healthcare workers?