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Ebola prevention: removing protective gear isn’t easy
By: Ernest Danjuma Enebi
Oct 13, 2014

The Verge explores the dangers faced by health workers working on the front lines of the ebola crisis:

According to the CDC, a health care worker has to remove four pieces of equipment immediately after leaving an isolation unit. Given the amount of items involved, taking them off might not seem like a particularly difficult process, but the key thing to remember here is that the order in which this is done (there are actually two suggested methods) is a matter of life and death.

If the very protective gear that is supposed to protect health workers is putting them at risk when working with one ebola case in the United States, imagine how difficult it is for the front line workers in West Africa, who sometimes have to wear plastic shopping bags for safety. This is why mobilizing equipment, support, education, and training is so critical for the teams on the ground. Here’s how you can help!

 

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