Rising Global Impact of Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and the Subsequent Need for Effective Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Frontline Responders

The world is presently facing what is perceived as one of the deadliest adversaries to human life, the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The world is presently facing what is perceived as one of the deadliest adversaries to human life, the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. In fact, in March 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

In order to tackle the spread of the infectious disease, governments and regulatory authorities worldwide set in motion a slew of precautionary and preventive measures. These include social distancing, regular hygiene maintenance, self-quarantines, and even lockdowns, to flatten the curve and curb a new wave of infection.

In addition to these precautions, one of the main considerations, particularly for frontline workers such as first responders, medical staff, etc., is the high production and consistent supply of effective personal protective equipment or PPE.

Rising awareness of the importance of safety gear in light of highly prevalent COVID-19 risks

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is one of the most crucial elements for worker safety, especially in high-risk fields such as medical. The WHO (World Health Organization) has classified PPE as a collection of protective garments worn by healthcare workers or other personnel for security against infections.

The personal protective equipment (PPE) market consists of safety gear including helmets, face shields, goggles, facemasks, respirators, protective clothing, gloves, and more. All these equipment are designed to shield the wearer against injury or exposure to illness or infection.

PPE is used extensively in medical settings such as doctor’s offices, clinical labs, and hospitals. When used accurately, this protective gear creates a barrier between the user’s nose, eyes, mouth or skin and infectious materials like bacteria or virus-based contaminants. The equipment is also able to block the transmission of contaminants through body fluids, respiratory secretions, or blood.

The significance of efficient safety gear is becoming more and more apparent, particularly in the turbulent circumstances brought forth by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO has published several guidelines that indicate the importance of using personal protective equipment, especially gloves, face shields, medical masks or goggles, gowns in addition to specific procedures, aprons and respirators FFP2 or N95 masks, among others.

N95 respirators or FFP2 respirators are essential for medical staff treating COVID-19 patients, due to the transmission of the virus through droplets of respiratory fluids released by infected individuals through coughing or sneezing.

All medical PPE, including N95 masks, medical gloves, gowns, surgical masks, etc., are required to comply with FDA regulations and voluntary consensus protection standards. These standards and requirements vary based on specific protective gear types and offer reasonable assurance regarding the safety and efficacy of the products. One of the most common certifications granted by the FDA for commercialization of PPE in the US is the 510(k) clearance or Premarket Notification.

There is much to learn yet about the newly emerged novel coronavirus, which spells a potentially long road to recovery for the global economy. However, with proactive measures like social distancing and hygiene maintenance, supported by government incentives for augmented PPE production and easier export and distribution of safety gear, as well as guidance from global authorities like WHO, it could be possible for the world to emerge victorious from these dire circumstances, in due time.

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