What is PPE and Why Do You Need It?
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment worn by people to protect themselves from hazards. In relation to COVID-19, common PPE includes (Medical) Masks, (Medical) Protective Gloves, Hand Sanitizer, (Medical) Protective Face Shield and (Medical) Isolation Gowns.
(Medical) Masks are currently mandatory across Canada, as a crucial part of protecting the wearer and others, masks need to be worn in public places and they should be even worn at home if people apart of your household have fallen ill, as COVID-19 can be present all around you without you realizing. There are people who may be infected with COVID-19 and not have any present symptoms, so being extra cautious is a smart choice.
Only as the pandemic had progressed, had experts discovered how much people with COVID-19 can spread the virus before symptoms appear (i.e. when they are pre-symptomatic) and that some people can have COVID-19 without having any symptoms (i.e. asymptomatic). People in these categories can unknowingly spread the disease to others, and (Medical) Masks can help to prevent this from happening.
N95 Masks are another great choice of PPE you can wear to protect yourself. N95 Masks are disposable just like (Medical) Face Masks but they offer more protection than (Medical) Masks because they filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. These masks are designed to block 95% of very small particles. The N95 Mask is actually a type of respirator and is widely used in the healthcare sector, but many people choose to wear these masks because of the protection value.
Another PPE product to consider is a Medical Face Shield. This PPE protects the entire face, including the eyes, which along with the nose and mouth can be a gateway for the coronavirus and other germs to enter the body. Trusted by many in the healthcare sector because it provides excellent protection against potential contamination from blood pathogens and body fluids.
Protective (Medical) Gloves and Hand Sanitizer are other useful tools for protecting yourself, as long as you use a high-quality hand sanitizer product. It is important to wear Protective (Medical) Gloves because they protect our hands from infection and contamination. (Medical) Nitrle Gloves protect against most chemicals and infectious agents and always remember to use a high-quality hand sanitizer product.
Use hand sanitizer where soap and water are not available. Hand sanitizers are particularly useful when you are away from your home, for purposes such as shopping, exercise, work, and caring for others. Hand sanitizers are convenient to have in various places such as your car, handbag, work desk, and by your front door. Hand sanitizers contain antiseptic ingredients, which kill microorganisms (such as viruses) or prevent the growth of microorganisms.
(Medical) Isolation Gowns are medical and disposable. The benefit of using this type of PPE is the reduced risk of infection, they are most used by people within the healthcare sector to avoid exposure to blood or infectious materials. In our everyday life (Medical) Isolation Gowns can be worn as an added measure when visiting the hair salon for example or being around a loved one that may have fallen ill.
These methods of protection, along with proper hygiene measures and social distancing, are the most important ways that you can protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and the new variants. We all want things to go back to normal, so do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and the new variants, but until then remember to always wear (proper Medical PPE) and always follow your local guidelines.