You might remember that when the pandemic first began, there was a shortage of PPE supplies. And with everything happening, you might not have paid much attention to what PPE supplies actually were, how they could benefit you and your family and further prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here’s a breakdown of what PPE supplies are and how they can help you stay safe throughout the course of the pandemic.

What Are PPE Supplies?

PPE supplies are personal protective equipment used to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep everyone safe, especially essential workers and anyone on the frontlines. PPE supplies are necessary for both personal and public health.

Breaking Down PPE Supplies

Now that you know why PPE supplies are necessary, let’s take a look at which supplies are considered PPE.

1. Face Masks and Shields

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 means wearing a face mask or face shield whenever you go out in public. Doing so reduces the risk of spreading the virus to others or getting sick yourself. You can wear a face mask or face shield as long as both your nose and mouth are covered at all times. One of the best kinds to wear are the KN95 face masks, which have five layers of protection and an adjustable nose bridge and ear loops. You can find these masks at retailers like Green Supply. Opt for black KN95 face masks to keep you covered (and more stylish) during the pandemic.

2. Sanitizer

Your personal protection equipment kit wouldn’t be complete without hand sanitizer, so grab some for your PPE stockpile. There are two different types you can use: non-alcoholic (80 percent ethanol) and alcohol-based (75 percent isopropyl alcohol). Both are effective in killing germs, but there are pros and cons of using each type. For instance, the alcohol-free sanitizer is less drying to the skin, but the alcohol-based option is more effective at killing germs.

3. Biohazard Gear

Biohazard gear like hazmat suits can come in handy, especially if you’re working in the medical field or on the front lines cleaning up contaminants or toxic chemicals. If you don’t come into contact with things like that regularly, you probably don’t need one. But if you do, check out the assortment of shapes and sizes before you buy. 

4. Gloves

Gloves are another must-have item for your PPE stockpile. Don’t forget to load up on some so that you’re always prepared no matter what. Before you buy, though, you should know the different types of disposable gloves so you get the right ones. There are:

  • Medical disposable vinyl gloves
  • Nitrile disposable gloves
  • Powder-free nitrile exam gloves
  • Industrial black nitrile gloves
  • Polyethylene disposable glove

5. Pulse Oximeter

A pulse oximeter is a painless way to check how well your heart is pumping oxygen through your body. It’s typically used to monitor blood oxygen levels in people with conditions like anaemia, asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), among others, but people are using them to monitor their health during COVID.

Protecting Yourself During the Pandemic

Gathering your own PPE supplies is a lot easier now than it was at the beginning of the pandemic. Companies are cranking out more supplies than ever, so you should have no trouble creating your own stockpile of PPE supplies in case there’s another wave or another pandemic.