The UN has started calling frontline workers “soldiers.” And as of July, 787 frontline soldiers in the U.S. alone have lost their lives to the virus. Obituaries published throughout March, April, and May are stark reminders of the sacrifices frontline workers have made in this life-and-death situation.
Frontline workers—doctors, nurses, medics, ambulance drivers, law enforcement officers, and even cleaners and non-medical staff at hospitals—have suffered heavy casualties. A shortage of personal protective equipment such as face masks and PPE suits has added to their woes.
We all understand that the virus is deadly; it spreads through contact, and frontline workers are exposed to it every day as they go about their jobs. However, it’s also important to know just how deadly the virus can prove to be if you are exposed to it.
According to research, exposure to the virus compromises you in three ways: debility, morbidity, and mortality. In short, first, it incapacitates you, weakens you, and tires you out. Then, the symptoms exacerbate. And then, if there are complications, it leads to death.
Physical, physiological, and psychological exhaustion are all part and parcel of this virus. Not only have healthcare workers been affected by—and died from—the virus, but they have also been battling mental health problems.
It’s a vicious situation. And you, by virtue of being a frontline worker and being responsible for the health of everyone else, are in most need of assistance.
The healthcare departments and system of the country depend on your well-being. And your well-being depends on the protective clothing you wear.
What Protective Clothing Do Frontline Workers Need?
The World Health Organization dictates that healthcare workers need to put on personal protection equipment for infection avoidance and as a control measure. These measures are largely divided into three major departments:
- Hand hygiene
- Personal protective clothing and equipment
- Proper waste management
The basic protective clothing you need includes:
- Gloves: To prevent infection via surfaces. Rubber, latex, or nitrile glovesall work.
- Coveralls or gowns: As an additional protective layerthat goes on your regular clothing.
- Goggles: Your eyes are orifices as well, and can lead to infection. Goggles help prevent that.
- Headcover, bouffant or hairnet: Covering your hairis essential for ensuring that no part of your body is exposed to the virus.
- Face masks: Covering your nose and mouth is the most crucial step in preventing infection. If you’re using disposable face masks, you’ll need to change them frequently. You can also use N95 masks as a longer-term solution.
- Face shields: Since you work in a high-risk area, face shields go over face masks and provide an additional layer of protection.
- Rubber boots: You might not know it, but your shoes could carry debris from your high-risk workplace to your home, and that’s a risk rubber boots help you prevent.
- PPE suits: If you’re in a super-major-high-risk virus hotspot, a PPE suitgoes on top of everything else, because no degree of protection is enough with this overall.
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