What About Simple Decontamination Techniques For PPE?

There is all this talk about personal protection equipment shortages because of one and done usage, but why? Aren’t there any simple decontamination techniques that can be quickly developed to greatly extend the life of this vital equipment?

It has been said that the Coronavirus is easily torn to bits by washing hands with ordinary soap and water, and that it is possible that the virus may fade with the onset of warmer weather. The latter would suggest that the virus doesn’t like heat.

Has anyone tested the heat effect on Corona-19? I mean if simple heat destroys the virus, then merely throwing masks, shields and gowns into an ordinary dryer might completely renew the safety of PPE for another shift. Even a hair dryer might be useful in certain situations. Perhaps such ideas have been explored and found wanting, but nothing along these lines has been reported in the news as far as I’ve seen.

Moreover, if such a simple procedures could do the trick there would be no need to interrupt hospital staff to carry out such decontamination work, indeed, that job could be done by unemployed waiters and waitresses and others who have suddenly been left jobless by the pandemic.

Anyone informed on this issue care to comment?

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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