Everyone Can Help Fill the Medical Supply Gap
As hospitals around the world are running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks, gloves, face shields, protective gowns, and other key components, it is up to every organization, and indeed every individual, to do their part to help. PPE is one of the most important things hospitals need right now in the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. It is the only way to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the crisis. Currently, hospitals are working with strict rations and recycling protocols as they deal with shortages.
What Is Being Done About This?
As supplies are dwindling, some doctors and nurses have started raising awareness of their plight on social media platforms with the hashtag #GetMePPE. Governments have started initiatives to spur on the manufacturing of PPE items. Large corporations have made bulk donations, and businesses including dentists, nail salons, and construction firms have donated their stocks as well. Companies with the appropriate equipment and employees are also being encouraged by governments to begin manufacturing PPE. In addition, volunteers across the globe are trying to help by sewing masks, and companies with 3D-printing equipment have been printing shields. Nevertheless, even with all this positive action, there is still a significant shortage of PPE. As a result, medical workers have even started reusing masks and improvising with bandanas, scarves, and plastic bags.
Fortunately, it is not only up to governments and PPE manufacturers to keep up with the drastically increased demand. There are so many people who can do something to help get these supplies to the workers in dire need of them.
How You Can Help
If you have unused medical supplies, get in touch with your local hospital or clinics or search the internet for where you can donate them. Bear in mind that not all healthcare facilities accept homemade face masks for use by front-line healthcare workers. They may, however, use them for support workers like admin, reception, and cleaning staff. Don’t forget other first responders, like firefighters and police officers, who are often also directly exposed.
Even if you don’t have PPE to donate, you can still help by raising awareness of the situation. Sharing information on social media can allow for it to eventually reach somebody or a company that has supplies they can donate. Other ways to help include supporting initiatives like:
- Project C.U.R.E – An NGO that is holding several donation drives in various cities while observing social distancing measures.
- Find the Masks – A website with a map where people can find medical facilities in their area to donate PPE.
- Operation We Can Sew It! – An initiative in which volunteers are sewing protective masks for a hospital in Colorado.
Only with the necessary gear can healthcare workers continue to safely care for Covid-19 patients fighting for their lives. Without these people, we may as well be entering a war with no soldiers. Protecting them must be a major priority for everyone.