Nurses’ Concerns with COVID19 Update: March 21, 2020


This will be a quick update to implore nurses to not use cloth masks and not call for the creation of more cloth masks. The evidence shows that they are ineffective, do not create a barrier for transmission, and may in some ways increase transmission.

We all learned in nursing school that once the mask becomes damp it’s not effective. Cloth masks will become damp within minutes and we have no evidence around if adding in a filter or other materials sandwiched between layers of cloth will help. Add to this that one then has a wet, potentially contaminated cloth mask that should likely be disposed of, but at the very least needs laundering, and it becomes clear that cloth masks are not the answer. They may indeed be harmful.

In my humble opinion: The CDC stating that bandanas, scarfs and cloth masks could be helpful when they are actually potentially harmful is reprehensible.

Please review the BMJ Open article entitled:

A cluster randomised trial of cloth masks compared with medical masks in healthcare workers.

https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/e006577?fbclid=IwAR2bng1KIAtVW3PjBns3usq_3tOmQG2wvYxWiSxJXdITf4uqvIuB-tMcHy4

While the ANA has called out the CDC on their call for non-evidence based protocols and statements and addressed the white house, nurses are going to have to act locally.

At the very least please contact your representatives and demand access to proper PPE, increases in manufacturing, the federal government taking more responsibility for ensuring our safety.

How can we organize ourselves around advocating for proper PPE?