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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 22-30

Personal protective equipment during COVID-19 epidemic

1 Department of Pediatric Critical Care, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
4 Department of Pediatric Medicine, IG Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India
5 Department of Gyneacology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi, India
6 Department of Pediatric Intensive Care, Advanced Pediatric Critical Care Centre, Wanless Hospital, Miraj, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ashish Kumar Simalti
Army Hospital Research and Referral, New Delhi - 110 010
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JPCC.JPCC_75_20

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Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) are used to safeguard the health of workers. Airborne aerosol with size below 5 micron can enter lower respiratory system directly whereas bigger size particles either settles on surrounding equipment and become fomites. COVID 19 can stay in air after 3 hours with airborne spread in health care with fomites especially plastic showing infection up to 72 hours. Examples of PPE include items as mask, gloves, shield, goggles, gowns and full body suits. All health care workers need to be taught the correct sequence of wearing and taking off the PPE in order to avoid contamination.

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