Newly Published
Correspondence  |   June 2020
Preventing Infection of Patients and Healthcare Workers Should Be the New Normal in the Era of Novel Coronavirus Epidemics: Reply
Author Notes
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (A.B.). bowdle@u.washington.edu
  • Competing Interests: Dr. Munoz-Price has an investigator-initiated grant from Cepheid (Sunnyvale, California). Dr. Bowdle declares no competing interests.
    Competing Interests: Dr. Munoz-Price has an investigator-initiated grant from Cepheid (Sunnyvale, California). Dr. Bowdle declares no competing interests.×
  • (Accepted for publication April 21, 2020.)
    (Accepted for publication April 21, 2020.)×
Article Information
Correspondence
Correspondence   |   June 2020
Preventing Infection of Patients and Healthcare Workers Should Be the New Normal in the Era of Novel Coronavirus Epidemics: Reply
Anesthesiology Newly Published on June 8, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003372
Anesthesiology Newly Published on June 8, 2020. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003372
We read the letter from our colleagues in Spain with tears in our eyes.1  When we submitted our editorial2  to Anesthesiology on February 29, 2020, there was much that was not known about this virus. We were uncertain about how dire the shortage of personal protective equipment would be, although we believed there would be a shortage.
We now know that airborne spread is likely during aerosol-generating procedures, and that the shortage of personal protective equipment has been a major problem around the world. Ironically, the equipment we need the most to protect patients and ourselves, ordinary surgical masks, respirator masks (such as N95), eye protection, and hand gel, are very inexpensive to produce, but the world’s capacity to manufacture these materials in a short time is limited, and overly centralized.