Help COVID-19 Healthcare Workers: How to Donate Face Masks and Gloves

There is a critical personal protective equipment shortage in hospitals and medical centers.

 

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, healthcare workers on the front lines are experiencing a critical shortage in personal protective equipment (PPE). Hospital and medical center workers are pleading for action as the pandemic spreads and access to PPEs become more scarce.

Because of the shortages, healthcare workers are forced to reuse masks that may have been contaminated. They are exposing themselves to the virus every day to save lives.

Public health experts have advised the general public against stockpiling masks to prevent COVID-19. As the pandemic panic spreads, however, people buy up these essential supplies which leads to widespread storages. This takes them from those who need it most.

In general, these should not be used as prevention for people who are not infected. For these people, it’s better to focus on good hand hygiene and social distancing.

 

How to Donate PPE Supplies

These are some of the PPE items that healthcare workers need:

  • N95 masks
  • Surgical gowns
  • Medical face shields
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Infrared thermometers
  • And nitrile exam gloves

If you have any of these items, consider donating them. Here are the websites that can help you donate:

If you’re on social media, follow the hashtag #GetMePPE to learn about more workers in need.