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Old 03-24-2020, 01:20 PM
Dewey Finn is offline
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Shortage of N95 masks

Many hospitals are experiencing shortages of personal protective equipment, especially the N95 masks used when treating someone with a real or possible COVID-19 infection. Clinicians are being asked to reuse N95 masks over the course of a day or over multiple days, or are putting disposable paper masks over the N95 masks to prolong their useful life. Normally, the N95 masks are disposable and one-time use only. The hospitals are having trouble keeping enough in stock with some reporting only a few days worth in inventory.

And yet, I saw reports that various entities outside healthcare, like Apple, Facebook and Salesforce, have donated or are promising to donate masks. So where are they getting them from? I thought the manufacturers were making as many as they could and still not meeting the demand. I heard PG&E, a California utility, donated a million or more masks, but these were ones they stocked for use during wildfires. That doesn't explain how or why Apple or Facebook would have large quantities of masks.

Last edited by Dewey Finn; 03-24-2020 at 01:22 PM.


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