If you have lots of plastic bags in your house right now, then you’re lucky. Medical experts claim that these products can replace face shields.(Photo : Photo by VCG/Getty Images)
Residents sell clean air to visitors in north area of Guangdong Province where mountains surround with clean air on March 19, 2016 in Qingyuan, Guangdong Province of China. Urban citizens in north China’s Guangdong Province get away from smog-stricken cities to mountain-surrounded north areas and local residents think up an idea of selling clean air that a small bag of air sells 10 yuan and a larger one 30 yuan. The activity seems to be an effective way to promote environmental protect both in urban and rural areas, said a visitor.
They also said that you can use plastic bags by putting holes in them, which will prevent your glasses, if you’re wearing one, from fogging up. Medication experts in India, who trialed the DIY face coverings revealed that people can easily breathe while wearing plastic bags.
The Journal of Emergency Medicine, which published the study, said that the use of plastic bags with holes could help in the PPE shortage, which is faced by many countries across the globe. The researchers also said that although their idea seems to be unrealistic or “comical,” they pointed out that new solutions should be made as PPE shortages keep on rising, as reported in the Daily Mail UK.
Raincoats and motorbike helmets as PPEs
Healthcare workers and other medical experts deeply rely on PPEs during the pandemic to avoid contracting the deadly virus. However, those living in low-income countries are struggling to source enough protective equipment.(Photo : Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images)
An academic of the School of Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul tries a protective mask after making it using 3D printing technology on March 26, 2020, in Porto Alegre. The equipment will be donated to health professionals in the state of Rio Grande do Sul fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. By the end of the week, more than 200 masks will be delivered to hospitals. According to the Ministry of health, Brazil has 2433 confirmed cases infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and at least 57 recorded deceases.
Because of this problem, many doctors in India are using motorbike helmets and raincoats as alternatives. Even NHS medics in Britain claim that they have turned to cooking-aprons and bin bags as a last resort.
Who came up with the idea
The unique idea of using plastic bags as face shields was suggested by the doctors at Manian Medical Center in Tamil Nadu. It was published by Dr. Subramanian Senthilkumaran. Two emergency physicians, two technicians, and four medics participated in the experiment.