The need to use PPE kits is very high, given the situation and the need to safeguard the health workers who are risking their lives to offer services to those who are infected by the Covid 19 virus. PPE kit may play an important role in offering protection against not just the coronavirus disease but also to protect themselves from the harmful effects of various infections and viruses. Viruses have various modes of transmission. There is clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2, i.e the coronavirus. It can be transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets generated from an infected person when they cough, sneeze, or exhale. It can also be transmitted by direct touch to the contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. The people most at risk of COVID-19 infection are those who are in close proximity with a suspect/confirmed COVID-19 patient or people who are taking care of such patients.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a protective gear designed to safeguard the health of workers by minimizing the exposure to a biological agent. Components of PPE to safeguard workers includes, goggles, face-shield, mask, gloves, coverall/gowns (with or without aprons), head cover and shoe cover etc.
There are certain things a person wearing a PPE should keep in mind while using a PPE kit as a preventive measure against various virus, including the Covid 19 virus:
• PPEs do not offer an alternative to basic preventive public health measures. These measures include maintaining hand hygiene and respiratory etiquettes.
• Always (as much as possible) maintaining a distance of at least 1 meter from contacts/suspect/confirmed COVID-19 cases.
• Rigorously following the laid down protocol for disposing off PPEs. If not done carefully and safely, the virus won’t be detained, which can cause it to spread.