11 June 2021
As outlined in the Health Product Segmentation Framework [ download in English | Español | Français ] , COVID-19-specific PPE is considered Optimal, while non-COVID-19 PPE is designated as Limited Use/Specialized. The latter is primarily for PPE use (for example, coveralls) in the context of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers, such as Ebola. In addition to PPE for active Ebola outbreaks, PPE for Ebola preparedness needs – particularly where COVID-19 and Ebola cases may be treated within the same health facilities – may be justified based on context-specific circumstances.
Gloves and gowns are available in non-sterile and sterile categories. Nonsterile gloves and gowns are recommended for health workers providing care for COVID-19 patients. Sterile gloves are considered Limited Use/Specialized and should be justified on the basis of specific needs linked to sterile procedures (for example, intubation, surgery).
Medical/Surgical facemasks come in two main categories - Type 1 and Type 2 - where Type 2 masks are of higher filtration efficacy and advised for frontline health workers taking care of COVID-19 patients, while Type 1 masks are advised for patients. This distinction should be taken into account during C19RM funding request quantification and development.