Addressing COVID-19 Face Mask Shortages

Addressing COVID-19 Face Mask Shortages

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COVID-19 Face Mask Shortages

Amy Price, DPhil (Oxon) and Larry Chu, MD
On behalf of the Stanford AIM Lab and Learnly COVID-19 Evidence Service
Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab
Learnly Anesthesia Learning Ecosystem

“The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted global supply chain shortcomings in the US hospital delivery system, most notably personal protective equipment (PPE). Frontline health care workers across the United States report shortages of PPE ranging from gloves, protective gowns, eyewear and face masks. The transmission of COVID-19 is thought to occur through respiratory droplets, and current CDC guidelines recommend the use of N95 masks for health care providers managing the care of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 or persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. What are good ways to address the shortage of face masks by anesthesiologists?”