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Could police riot gear gas masks have been used as effective PPE against COVID?


It's extremely surreal to me to suddenly see thousands of police deployed around the country kitted in full protective equipment including gas masks designed to filter out tear gas.

Have those just been sitting in storage the entire time? Is there anything about them that would make them inappropriate for medical use in protecting healthcare workers from COVID? During the extreme nationwide PPE shortage, did any police departments donate their riot equipment to local hospitals to help save lives or were they just locked up in a warehouse somewhere while doctors were going frantic improvising homemade bandanas?
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Medical equipment is ordinarily used once and then disposed of, so as not to carry germs from one patient to another. Of course, doctors have been re-using "disposable" masks and wearing garbage bags over their cloths for protection. So maybe the riot gear would have been better. I dunno.
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