The Importance of PPE in the Community for COVID-19CB Protects
The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic in March of 2020. Since then, the entire world has been scrambling to control the virus and stop the spread.
As health officials try to figure out how to prevent COVID-19, people across the world have been using the best preventative measure we know of: personal protective equipment. Personal protective equipment, or PPE, includes supplies like masks, gowns, and gloves.
People need these things and more if they’re going to combat the coronavirus. Healthcare workers are among the neediest group requiring PPE. The importance of PPE is becoming more and more important as we come closer to beating the virus.
To learn more about how personal protective equipment helps people across the world fight COVID-19, keep reading.
The Importance of PPE
Needless to say, personal protective equipment is important. It seems like everyone owns a mask or has the means to get a mask these days.
During the pandemic, the public has been focusing on mask-wearing while healthcare workers have created budgets around PPE. Still, many hospitals ran out of PPE sometime during the course of this pandemic.
The bottom line is that PPE protects us, and everyone needs to contribute by wearing PPE. Let’s talk about what your options for PPE are, and what essentials you need if you’re trying to protect yourself from the coronavirus.
Protecting Your Face
According to top health officials, the coronavirus enters the body through the eyes, mouth, and nose. This is why you’ve seen such great strides to protect the face with face covers. From masks to face shields, sometimes people look like they’re gearing up to enter the surgical suite.
Wearing a mask is essential if you’re looking to prevent COVID-19. In fact, most recently, health experts have announced that multiple layers are more protective than a single, thin layer.
Whether you’re wearing a cloth mask, an N-95, or some other kind of mask, you’re taking a huge step in protecting yourself and those around you.
Some people opt for a face shield or goggles as well.
A face shield covers the entirety of your face, including your eyes, nose, and mouth. However, it does lie a great distance away from your face, so you should not solely wear this. When worn with a mask, a face shield can help cover more of your face and protect you from long-range COVID-19 particles.
Some people are also looking towards googles to protect them from the coronavirus particles that may enter through the eyes. Goggles are closer to the eyes than a face shield is. However, you definitely need to wear a mask if you’re going to opt for goggles because those goggles will not cover your nose or mouth.
Protecting Your Hands
You may be wondering why we’re worried about protecting your hands. Well, the truth is that the average human touches their face 16 times an hour. This means that the average human would be able to transfer any coronavirus particles from their hand to their face with ease.
Since the coronavirus associated with COVID-19 lives on surfaces for long periods of time, this has become a great concern among health officials. If someone with the coronavirus touches the same table you’re sitting at, you could have already been exposed.
This is why restaurants are liberal with wiping down tables.
However, there are ways that you can protect yourself.
The first major trend that came out with this discovery was hand sanitizer. In fact, it was so popular that it became hard to find after a while into the pandemic. Now, it seems like everyone is walking around with hand sanitizer stashed somewhere.
Health officials around the world urge people to use hand sanitizer when they’re on-the-go. Even better than hand sanitizer is hand soap. If you do have the ability to wash your hands instead of opting for hand sanitizer, this is a better defense.
Another popular piece of personal protective equipment is gloves. By wearing gloves, you can prevent coronavirus particles from getting on your hands.
However, there’s a catch.
Gloves are great at protecting you from getting particles on your hands, but the gloves themselves can transfer the virus. Therefore health officials recommend that gloves are changed out whenever your environment or situation changes.
For example, you shouldn’t wear your gloves to the grocery store then the clothing store then back home. You should change them out to prevent the spread of the virus to multiple locations.
With this, we stress that most citizens probably don’t even need gloves. Healthcare professionals are the ones who need them the most (among other essential workers).
To avoid unnecessarily using PPE, you should consider washing your hands often instead of depending on gloves.
Protecting Your Body
Lastly, we should talk about the need to protect your body. We’re mainly worried about your clothes.
People tend to fidget with their clothes throughout the day. With this being true, it means that you could be taking virus particles that you’ve gathered on your clothes throughout the day. They travel from the air to your clothes to your hands to your face.
It’s that easy to get infected.
To protect their body, healthcare professionals have been wearing full-body gowns. This keeps any coronavirus particles off of their clothes.
In addition to this, most also throw their clothes in the wash right when they get home. This is the best piece of advice for the general public.
Those of us who aren’t required to wear gowns should opt for doing an extra load of laundry here and there rather than using up gowns.
How We’re Helping with COVID-19
CB Protects has donated more than $2.4 million dollars worth of PPE supplies this past year to World Vision to be used in communities throughout the United States to help battle COVID-19.
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Below is a list of community organizations we’ve helped:
- Adventist Health Central California Region – Hanford, CA
- Antioch Church of Long Beach – Long Beach, CA
- Banco Internacional De Alimentos, A.C. – Del Rio, TX
- Church of God – Federal Way, WA
- City of Destiny
- CityServe – Bakersfield, CA
- Community Food Bank
- Cutliff Grove Community – Albany, GA
- Ebenezer Baptist Church – Atlanta, GA
- Federal Way Public Schools – Federal Way, WA
- Goodness Outreach Depot – Haslet, TX
- Helping Elevate Low Income People – Houston, TX
- Iglesias Pentecostal Nueva Jerusalen
- Indian Ministries of North America, Inc
- Inner Court Outreach Ministries
- LifeGate Outreach – Yakima, WA
- Morning Star Prayer Center
- Navajo Nation – Cornerstone Ministries – Smith Lake, NM
- Navajo Nation – Tuba City, AZ
- New Life Changers Christian Center – Newton, TX
- New True Vine Miracle Tabernacle – Grand Prairie, TX
- Northwest Christian Church – Seattle, WA
- Olympic Peninsula Boeing Bluebills – Port Ludlow, WA
- Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action – Maywood, IL
- Reaching & Educating for Community Hope (RECH) – Jackson, MS
- Refreshing Church
- Sunnybrook Hope Center – Sioux City, IA
- The Elisha Project – Rumford, RI
- Wings As Eagles – Pine Ridge, SD
- World Vision Chicago – Chicago, IL
- World Vision Dallas – Grand Prairie, TX
- World Vision Fife – Fife, WA
- Yountville SDA Church – Yountville, CA
Buying the PPE You Need
As the pandemic rages on, you may be worried about your own supply of PPE. The importance of PPE is irreplaceable, and everyone needs plenty of it to survive the pandemic.
Luckily, we’re here to help people get the equipment they need to make it through the pandemic.
At CB Protects, we have a variety of PPE from gloves to masks to shields to wipes.