Assessing personal protective equipment needs for healthcare workers – Lee – 2021 – Health Science Reports

Alonzo Osche

1 INTRODUCTION

The world is presently experiencing a widespread outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that is highly contagious from person to person transmission.1 Besides this pandemic, there are other documented overexposures to microorganisms that are commonly carried through blood, body fluids, and other potentially infectious materials, including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and human immunodeficiency virus.2-6 In such a crisis, healthcare workers (HCWs) face multiple challenges regarding patient care, such as handling infectious samples for diagnostics and potential health risks from direct contact with infectious patients.7 To provide safety and protection, personal protective equipment (PPE),

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