By: Dr. Colette Johnston, United Kingdom
The day I see health secretary Matt
Hancock stand shoulder to shoulder with
a sick, coughing and
spluttering suspected #Covid-19
patient, in a flimsy apron, less than
optimum level mask (as per recent Public
Health England’s “guidance” for those
outside hospitals interacting with
suspected Covid-19 patients) we may
be silenced in our protests.
I highly suspect that we will never see
such displays of foolish behavior. Public
Health England’s response seems to be
based more on resources than science
itself. So for now we press on
The data is robust. Of course – there are
many contributing factors to death rates –
but the data clearly shows a link to lower
death rates in those countries that
PROVIDED FULL PPE FOR CLINICIANS
AND MASKS FOR PATIENTS AND
PRACTICED SOCIAL DISTANCING!
Each Covid center is open 24/7 with all
patients and doctors within needing a mask
(let alone the rest of the PPE kit). This
equates to approximately 140 masks per
center every 24 hours.
Local authorities gave us a little more than two days’ supply.
While we press on trying to order stock
from Asia ourselves, rather than wait for
NHS England’s response, we need your
The expected freight delay of maybe 10-
14 days with the airline industry as it is this
moment is a major concern for us
up and down the country.
So, I’m appealing to everyone and anyone
to come forward with any masks, gloves,
etc., that you can spare in order to assist
your NHS staff to keep safe.
This issue does not just threaten Manchester,
it is nationwide. And we need your help.
Builders, do you have any ffp2/3 masks
that you can donate while work
unfortunately stands still for you at
Those who work in schools that are now
shut: Have you any gloves/masks/visors
from tech classes that you could
Painters/decorators/mechanics and those
who work with asbestos: have you any
Deep clean companies?
Pharma companies: have you anything to
spare as you soldier on in the fight against
Anyone with boxes of gloves/masks/
goggles/visors/gowns/suits where work is
currently stationary – can you contribute?
This is ABSOLUTELY NOT a plea for
people to break their lockdown! Staying
at home is the most FUNDAMENTAL thing
you can do to fight Covid-19 at this time.
Please stay safe and keep others safe too!
But let’s put our heads together here.
There are always ways to think logistics through.
You could ring your local primary care
center if you have stock that could be
collected. Or your primary care center may provide
info on what you can do next with the kit
you have to spare.
DM me here (@colette_theyogadoc) if anyone in Greater
MANCHESTER feels they can contribute
#PPE in these centers? Honestly. Every
Little bit helps at this moment in time while
we wait for an authentic response from