Not everybody missed this oversight. For some easy insight into the solution and some stories on how it all works check out the news below.
Fighfighter, paramedics, and EMTs have been using reusable elastomeric masks for COVID19 because they were using the masks more durable with superior protection PRIOR to the pandemic. (LINK)
Industrial facilities are full of Personal Protective Equipment. Masks used by industry often exceed the N95 rating and could provide an instant stock pile for healthcare workers. (LINK)
The Allegheny Health Network has teamed up with safety equipment manufacturer MSA to fit healthcare workers with reusable P100 masks. Solving the need for N95 masks (LINK)
This is a great overview of the entire issue of what the problem is and the oversight. Early April Donovan Slack and Dinah Voyles Pulver of the USA Today (LINK)
Even the widely recognized N95 mask is getting healthcare workers fired in order to protect image. Masks protect both the worker and the patient. Providing a safe work place for those in the trenches and reducing transmission rates among the public. (LINK)
Twin-filter and reusable P100 masks increase worker protection over the N95 and reduce the burden on N95 suppliers by covering 19,000 health care workers. (LINK)
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