If a nurse/care worker needs Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) why don’t I? Is my health less important?
PPE is specialist equipment that is needed in health and care settings because of the work that is undertaken there. Due to the way coronavirus is spread outside of these settings you do not need to wear specialist equipment, and instead you should observe social distancing rules. Only wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces when it is not possible to keep two metres apart from others.
The virus is commonly spread by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching your face, so it is very important you regularly wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds). Don’t touch your face covering with unwashed hands or gloves. Once you remove your face covering make sure you clean any surfaces it has touched and wash your hands.
Using PPE equipment takes an important resource away from frontline health and care workers who need it.