What is PPE?



What is PPE?

Personal Protective Equipment
On visiting a hospital or doctor's office have you seen someone donning layers until they were covered head to toe? Or they went directly into a room and emerged with some or none of what they had on before. They cover themselves for safety which is known as personal protective equipment. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is used to prevent exposure to infectious material. In other words, it acts as a barrier to stop the spread of germs. Infectious substances can be airborne in the form of droplets or happen through contact routes.

An airborne route is when small particles that you can't see float in the air. When diseases are airborne you can get sick by breathing into them. Germs in droplet form can be transmitted through splashes. When you cough or sneeze, you are spreading contaminated droplets. These examples can also be considered droplets if they are in liquid form. Because of this, the PPE used for both routes is similar. It is best to use for safety purpose in COVID-19.

PPE Types
The different types of personal protective equipment are:

  • Face Shields
  • Gloves
  • Goggles and Glasses
  • Gowns
  • Head Covers
  • Masks
  • Respirators
  • Shoe Covers
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