Healthcare Supply of Personal Protective Equipment

Updated March 12, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment Recommendations

Based on the current COVID-19 situation and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), CDC has specific recommendations, summarized below. As we learn more about COVID-19 and as the needs of the response or availability of PPE within U.S. healthcare facilities changes, we will update our guidance.

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Who needs PPE:

Patients with confirmed or possible SARS-CoV-2 infection should wear a facemask when being evaluated medically.

Healthcare personnel should adhere to Standard and Transmission-based Precautions when caring for patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Recommended PPE is described in the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or Persons Under Investigation for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings.

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Who does not need PPE:

CDC does NOT currently recommend the general public use facemasks. Instead, CDC recommends following everyday preventive actions, such as washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home when you are sick.

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Manufacturers and Distributors:

Cases of COVID-19 are being reported in China as well as other countries. Given decreases in exports from select countries (e.g., China, India, Taiwan) and increases in demand due to the outbreak, manufacturers of select types of PPE are reporting increased volume of orders and challenges in meeting order demands. Plans to surge manufacturing globally are underway.

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Emergency Use Authorization of Respiratory Protective Devices:

On February 4, 2020, the HHS Secretary declared that circumstances exist to justify the authorization of emergency use of additional respiratory protective devices in healthcare settings during the COVID-19 outbreak. Manufacturers, facilities, and local/state jurisdictions with respirators held in stockpile can submit a request to FDA in order to have their products added to the Emergency Use Authorization. Healthcare personnel can access a list of authorized respirators in Appendix B.external icon More information can be found on FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization websiteexternal icon.

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