Importance of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID19 Pandemic

COVID 19 - Corona Virus

COVID 19 was the most feared word of 2020. Ever since the outbreak happened, the results of it were devastating. The world economies crashed, people lost their jobs and many of them lost their loved ones too. A great depression was suffered by many countries.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalisation.

Most Common Symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • tiredness

Less Common Symptoms:

  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • conjunctivitis
  • headache
  • loss of taste or smell
  • a rash on skin, or discoloration of fingers or toes

During these unprecedented times, PPE has been such a relief and a great help in all sectors. Let us understand what is PPE and the essential PPE required.

Personal Protective Equipment and COVID – 19

What is PPE?

PPE is used so that we can protect us also another around us. PPE is a priority for all frontline workers around the globe. This means that we have to be very conscious and update it prevention and control measures and proper implementation of PPE kits. PPE includes items such as face shields, protective helmets, eye protection, safety footwear and respiratory protective equipment.

The hazards happening at the workplace something which you one can avoid if one is careful and vigilant. Workers working in occupations such as construction, chemical laboratories, mining etc. are prone to get affected by such hazards. Yet one can minimize such risks with the use of Personal Protective equipment. PPE includes items like safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses, as well as respiratory protective equipment.

It is important to think of PPE kits as a strong support system for all sorts of work that is required to be done. It might be physically more demanding or a little more hazardous than your average desk job, but this equipment is provided to make you feel safe and that the physical risk involved is minimum.

Safety Improves Quality

Safety comes first and the fact that safety is equivalent to quality is a very old saying.

Essential PPE Required

Personal protective clothing is primarily used in the healthcare sector to control any kind of infection or disease. A PPE acts as a natural bar amidst infectious materials present in and around our sensory organs.

PPE kits also helps us in protecting from greater risk of contracting viruses or infections, such from any kind of medical condition, or from getting exposed to some kind of infectious material which might have been brought in by some members of the staff or visitors. The PPE kits are specifically designed like disposable clothing so it can be effectively removed and disposed off right after one wear and is often disposed off in special waste containers, to protect others from the risk of getting exposed to any sort of germs.

  • Use of a long sleeves gown and plastic gloves can be used in order to avoid the liquids from touching the skin.
  • Also you need to wear shoe covers, goggles to help you protect other sensory organs from any kind of infections or viruses.
  • Different sorts of PPE kits are used in different situations in every healthcare sector.
  • There are some important rules that must be followed while protecting the healthcare industry and the safety of doctors, nurses and other healthcare members. The very first step is to develop awareness on choosing the right type of PPE kit depending on a particular situation. However, it is very important to get the required training on how to wear and handle different kinds of PPE kits and to make sure to understand the right way of its disposal and also its storage methods as per health ministry regulations.

Always follow government guidelines. Wear masks, maintain a distance of at least 2 meters, wash your hands regularly and practice social distancing.

Though the vaccination has been released in the market but even after getting vaccinated everyone needs to continue wearing masks and practice other guidelines issued by the health ministry in context with corona virus. Though the vaccination promises to fight the virus for upto 90 percent but yet its effect will be different on different bodies. Hence, one cannot afford to lose their lives or get infected just because of their sheer negligence.

Henceforth, it’s a humble urge to follow the guidelines issued by the local and state government. Together, we can fight this pandemic and emerge stronger and wiser.

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