Over the course of the pandemic, the marketplace for vetted, medical-grade PPE has been very difficult to navigate, particularly for small and underserved communities with smaller procurement budgets. Counterfeit PPE and price gouging have been rife as demand surged past need, so much so that the Department of Justice announced the formation of a COVID-19 Fraud Task Force in May 2021.
While it is recommended for unvaccinated individuals to wear masks to protect one’s mouth, nose, and throat from getting infected with the coronavirus, health care professionals who work in medium to high exposure settings are also recommended to wear eye protection, such as face shields and safety goggles to limit eye exposure to air-borne respiratory droplets.
The December Get Us PPE Shortage Index breaks down why the United States is still experiencing a critical PPE shortage with the rollout of the vaccine, the needs for PPE in community facilities, and the highest PPE requests by state.
Longtime Santa ‘fill in’ and author of “The Elves Indoors” shares why his job is more important than ever and why Get Us PPE is on the ‘nice list’.
Just weeks before the PPE crisis swept American hospitals, Claudia faced one of the hard decisions we can all relate to—should I travel and attend that important event—or act with utmost caution?