Canadian Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers Prepare for Surge in COVID-19 in Advance of School Reopenings
As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to challenge public health units across Canada, members of the Canadian Association of Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers (CAPPEM) are taking preparatory measures to respond an anticipated surge in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) once Canadian children return to the classroom.
In the United States, several jurisdictions have already seen increases in COVID-19 cases where the school population cannot yet benefit from an approved vaccination. Since Canadian children are returning to schools under similar circumstances, CAPPEM is preparing for increased PPE demand in the school system and in the Canadian healthcare network.
“Our members are committed to boosting production and stockpiling the necessary equipment for not only children, but also those in the medical community,” said Barry Hunt, CAPPEM President. “Personal protective equipment, especially masks, is vital to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. The airborne nature of this virus means that masks are one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the current variant and may prevent a surge in hospitals that would once again strain the Canadian healthcare network.”
CAPPEM members remain committed to its motto: Canadians protecting Canadians. We continue to monitor international and Canadian trends and events, such as the return of children to schools in September, to prepare for future spikes.