Experts Warn PPE Shortage Could Last Years Without Strategic Plan

August 18, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 19, 2020

According to this article published by Kaiser Health News, officials from health care and manufacturing industries have predicted shortages of personal protective equipment and medical supplies could persist for years without strategic government intervention.

Logistical challenges continue even seven months after the coronavirus reached the United States, and they will persist as the flu season approaches and as some state emergency management agencies prepare for a fall surge in COVID-19 cases. Although the disorder is not as bad as it was this spring, hospitals say rolling shortages of supplies range from specialized beds to disposable isolation gowns to thermometers.

“I am very concerned about long-term PPE shortages for the foreseeable future,” said Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association. “There’s no question the situation is better than it was a couple of months ago,” said Bailey. However, many health care organizations, including her own, have struggled to obtain PPE.

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