N95 masks continue to be in short supply for hospitals and other healthcare professionals despite an excess supply. Meanwhile, PPE sold on WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, has allowed sellers to gouge prices despite a federal crackdown on the practice.
COVID-19 infections spent weeks in decline before slowly plateauing in early March. Weeks later, the numbers are up–this time fueled by spring breakers and states prematurely lifting COVID-19 restrictions, like mask mandates.
Two governors announced their states would be lifting their respective mask mandates. Meanwhile, in the United States, healthcare workers continue to ration personal protective equipment (PPE), revealing an ongoing healthcare crisis caused by issues in the supply chain.
Millions of N95 masks were exported earlier this year, while American healthcare workers risk their lives every day by reusing PPE, exposing issues in the PPE Supply Chain.
The Biden Administration has pledged to reopen schools to in-person instruction within its first 100 days. However, reopening schools comes with its own set of complications as schools lack the adequate PPE to reopen safely.
PPE supply chains begin to ease as COVID-19 cases decline; however, virus variants and inequitable access to PPE and vaccines continue to threaten a full recovery.
Get Us PPE data used in President Biden’s COVID plan shows urgent PPE needs, and is yet another indicator that the PPE crisis is not over.
Read more about Get Us PPE’s algorithm to equitably prioritize PPE distribution and co-founder Dr. Ranney’s ideas for more equitable COVID vaccine delivery.
Although supply chains have not been able to make many changes to their processes, data from Get Us PPE shows that the need is only growing.