With the premise that I do think health should come first , I would like to discuss PPE today.
An aspect of this pandemic that is somewhat controversial and will apply even more to this phase two which will see us ‘social distancing’ while trying to get back to a normal life.
This is the so-called ‘co-existing’ phase, likely to be harder from an organisational point of view than simply following ‘stay at home’ rules.
Our best friends in this pandemic will be items of personal protective equipment, which despite their name, will be as important for personal protection as for protecting others (because we could be carriers). These items are will be something to cover our hands (or disinfect them) and something to cover our mouths and noses.
Now, these are likely only needed for certain periods of our days (i.e. likely not needed if in the open air and with enough distance, and much more needed when inside a shop or an office or another closed space), but since many of these are ‘single use’ only, and since we don’t really have a clue on the duration of this 'phase 2'', you can see how much more rubbish we are going to produce. Especially because this is considered ‘hazardous’ material and should be disposed of properly. AKA not recyclable either.
For the environmentally conscious out there, this is a little heartbreak.
On one hand, these things are needed for everyone’s safety while on the other they will have long lasting effects. And if we have learnt something from this pandemic outbreak, is that we need to respect nature because we are part of it. So let's not make this pandemic be a ground for the next one to start, and let's try to be a little conscious while keeping ourselves safe and sane.
So, what can you do?
There is also some hope that new technologies will come to help. For example using UV to clean up PPE
On another note, but still regarding PPE - something else than nobody talks about is the fact that hospital PPE is designed with men physiognomy in mind and doesn’t fit women as well. Thinking of all of the nurses working out there this is a double standard that warrants some further investigation and being spoken about!
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