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Call on your elected leaders to start making the Personal Protective Equipment healthcare workers need.
What is the Problem?
Healthcare workers do not have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves. Frontline healthcare workers are being asked to reuse masks, gowns and bring their own makeshift equipment to protect themselves while taking care of patients with COVID-19. This endangers workers, their families, and their patients at risk of contracting this disease which further reduces the capacity of our healthcare system to function effectively during this time.
What is PPE?
Personal protective equipment (PPE) includes N95 respirators, simple surgical masks, gowns, face shields, and gloves that protect workers from virus living on surfaces and that is airborne during situations of close patient contact. When treating patients suspected of having coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends contact and droplet precautions, which means healthcare workers need at least procedural masks, gloves, and eye protection but in certain circumstances also a respirator mask.
What is the HEROES Act?
The HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act) is our strongest tool to ensure we reopen safely with adequate medical supplies for our healthcare professionals. This bill requires the federal government to scale production and transparent distribution of critical medical supplies, like PPE. The House passed the HEROES Act on May 15, and now it’s up to the Senate to pass this legislation and keep our country safe as we fight this pandemic.
The White House continues to avoid addressing medical supply shortages. As states start opening up, it is vital to be prepared for additional outbreaks. This act forces the federal government to plan for the next stage in the COVID-19 response.
How You Can Help
Call your Senator and urge them to support this bill to ensure healthcare workers get the protection they need to take care of their patients during this pandemic.