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Face Masks Run Short, Showing Snags in U.S. Medical Stockpile
“A week after Washington state requested a fresh shipment of protective medical gear from the federal government’s emergency stockpile, it hadn’t been approved.
The delay comes as medical workers nationwide scramble for masks, face-shields, and gowns to protect themselves while treating patients who may have Covid-19. Health authorities and hospitals have changed their guidelines for what level of protections are recommended as the supplies run short.
Some doctors are concerned that the delay increases the risk for themselves and their patients, several said in interviews. Most asked not to be identified by name because they were not permitted to speak publicly.”