- May 12, 2020
-- The healthcare workers rely on personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and infecting others. But shortages of such PPE are leaving doctors, nurses and other frontline workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients, due to limited access to supplies such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons. The World Health Organization has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow worldwide, political leaders are encouraging physical (or "social") distancing to slow the rate of transmission. The goal of this practice is to flatten the curve of a new infection, thereby avoiding a surge of demand on the health care system, but the effects of physical distancing may take weeks to appear.For a detailed analysis of the Healthcare PPE demand during COVID-19 impact browse through: https://univdatos.com/report/global-healthcare-ppe-demand-analysis-covid-19-impact-feb-dec-2020
Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment manufacturers are racing to boost production of the medical PPE required to save the lives of many critically ill COVID-19 patients, but they will not be able to ramp up production quickly enough to meet the demands of the exponentially growing cases of COVID-19. 3M Company, Dowdupont, MSA Safety, Honeywell International, Ansell Limited are among the largest suppliers of medical personal protective equipment, and these are working day and night to meet increased global demand. For instance: Since January, 3M has doubled production of N95 respirators to 1.1 billion per year at its global manufacturing facilities, including in the U.S., Asia and Europe. 3M aims to double its capacity again to 2 billion per year within the next 12 months. In this crisis, 3M is experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for N95 respirators, and demand will outpace supply for the foreseeable future.