Written by Clay Smith
No healthcare workers dispatched to Wuhan who worked with COVID-19 patients became ill during or after their 6-8 week tour of duty. All were provided adequate and appropriate PPE.
Why does this matter?
COVID-19 is dangerous. Does PPE really mitigate the risk for healthcare workers?
Don’t poo-poo PPE
This is a report of a natural experiment in which 420 healthcare providers were dispatched from a part of China with almost no COVID-19 into the hottest spots of Wuhan during the outbreak. All worked in the ICU at some point. All worked with COVID-19 positive patients, and all had at least one exposure to an aerosol-generating procedure. They were trained in use of and provided adequate PPE. Standard PPE consisted of: “protective suits, masks, gloves, goggles, face shields, and gowns.” None of them became ill while in Wuhan nor did any test positive after returning home from the 6-8 week stint in Wuhan.
Use of personal protective equipment against coronavirus disease 2019 by healthcare professionals in Wuhan, China: cross sectional study. BMJ. 2020 Jun 10;369:m2195. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m2195.
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