Personal protective equipments (PPE): how important are they to prevent exposure to highly infectious diseases like coronavirus Covid-19

Personal protective equipments (PPE): how important are they to prevent exposure to highly infectious diseases like coronavirus Covid-19

Do you know how important the personal protective equipments (PPE) are to prevent exposure to infectious disease vectors? A lot.

The type of EPP that you use basically depends on your intention of use and area of work. If you work on the regular hospital setting, or if you are a common citizen trying to protect yourself and the family, a regular mask and common EPP is enough.

Just health professionals in direct contact with infectious disease patients need to wear helmets and N95 masks, like the person o the right, which is in charge of an infected coronavirus patient that developed Covid-19.

Adequate PPE seems to be the most reliable method we should rely during an infectious disease outbreak like the one we’re living with the coronavirus.

If you are really serious about the PPE and need to understand with details how to protect yourself, check the technical guide of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Link available here for download.

The European Center of Disease Control has an online tutorial for those in doubt about how to wear the PPE. If you are a health professional, don’t miss the online tutorial about PPE here. You’ll love it.

According to the European CDC:
“The tutorial aims to provide trainers with practical information on different options for the use of PPE in healthcare settings in Europe. Infection control professionals, managers in hospital emergency planning or preparedness experts at regional or national level may also find it useful as it contains information on PPE procurement, principles in barrier nursing and occupational health and safety. 

It also aims to improve the protection of staff dealing with infectious diseases of high consequence. It addresses both current risks from viral haemorrhagic fevers and strengthening preparedness for future health threats posed by novel pathogens with either an airborne or a viral haemorrhagic fever (contact/droplet) mode of transmission. Accordingly, different options for PPE components and processes are presented. These can be adapted to the specific disease pattern and healthcare setting.

The tutorial is meant to support, but never replace, practical training and regular refresher courses held by experienced PPE instructors.

See below the template we created in Mind the Graph to help researchers illustrate this topic and create local communication for EPP. It is available for subscribers here in the platform.


Also published on Medium.