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PPE is an abbreviation that stands for “personal protective equipment.” It is used to classify products, such as face masks, rubber gloves, and sneeze guards. that are used to slow down the spread of viruses and bacteria.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies the following items as PPE:
Some PPE, like cloth face masks and sneeze guards, can be reused. However, most of it is disposable and is considered hazardous waste. Make sure to properly throw your PPE products in a waste receptable after use.
You should store your PPE products in a safe, room temperature environment. Hot temperatures could affect your sanitizer and cause the alcohol to evaporate, while your face mask should be kept in a clean toiletry bag.
Healthcare workers need to use PPE products every day while interacting with patients. Many other places, like restaurants, salons, retail stores, and schools, are also requiring face masks, sneeze guards, and sanitizer to create a safer environment during the pandemic.
PPE products are designed to protect other people from your germs, even if you don’t think you’re sick. Every little thing you do, whether it’s wearing a face mask or sanitizing your hands, helps protect other people during a pandemic like the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Google saw an increase in searches for PPE products like face masks, hand sanitizer, and sneeze guards. Take a look at how traffic was affected on the search engine!
Face masks have boomed in popularity during the pandemic. The search volume was non-existent on Google, but by 2020, there was a 4,600% boost in traffic!
Hand sanitizer has always been fairly popular, but the pandemic made it more desirable than ever before. In fact, search volume spiked by about 179% in just a week.
Searches for antibacterial wipes skyrocketed in early March, right when the shelter-in-place went into effect in many states.
Thermometers were something people maybe had in their medicine cabinets. Now you can barely find them in stores! The search volume was at an all-time high in mid-March of 2020.
Unless you own a buffet, you probably weren’t thinking about sneeze guards before 2020. As businesses started reopening in May, people went to Google to find shields to place in front of their reception desks and cash registers.
2020 started with barely any searches for rubber gloves, but searches started to climb throughout late March and early April.