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This thread is a resource for government personnel tasked to man COVID-19 checkpoint, so that they know how to protect themselves, before proper government protective equipment arrive . . . and how to use them when they do.

It is also a resource for private groups seeking to protect the troops in their respective locales


That way, we avoid scenes like this

What's wrong with this picture?

- No proper protective clothing

- The trooper is touching a civilian's ID. If the civilian is infected, now the soldier is too. If the soldier is infected and he does the same, the next civilian will get it as well.

Let's work the problem folks.

The checklist

For personnel at point of contact


Gloves optional. These may protect the wearer, but will not stop the spread of the virus.

Secondary support

Disposal procedure for used gloves and masks as these are deemed biohazards

While alcohol and hand sanitizers are recommended, troops manning checkpoints should frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds


Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings


This document recommends practices for extended use and limited reuse of NIOSH-certified N95 filtering facepiece respirators (commonly called “N95 respirators”). The recommendations are intended for use by professionals who manage respiratory protection programs in healthcare institutions to protect health care workers from job-related risks of exposure to infectious respiratory illnesses.

How EMTs are advised to protect themselves

Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States


Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

EMS clinicians who will directly care for a patient with possible COVID-19 infection or who will be in the compartment with the patient should follow Standard, Precautions and use the PPE as described below. Recommended PPE includes:

N-95 or higher-level respirator or facemask (if a respirator is not available),

N95 respirators or respirators that offer a higher level of protection should be used instead of a facemask when performing or present for an aerosol-generating procedure

Eye protection (i.e., goggles or disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face). Personal eyeglasses and contact lenses are NOT considered adequate eye protection.

A single pair of disposable patient examination gloves. Change gloves if they become torn or heavily contaminated, and isolation gown.,

If there are shortages of gowns, they should be prioritized for aerosol-generating procedures, care activities where splashes and sprays are anticipated, and high-contact patient care activities that provide opportunities for transfer of pathogens to the hands and clothing of EMS clinicians (e.g., moving patient onto a stretcher).

When the supply chain is restored, fit-tested EMS clinicians should return to use of respirators for patients with known or suspected COVID-19.

Drivers, if they provide direct patient care (e.g., moving patients onto stretchers), should wear all recommended PPE. After completing patient care and before entering an isolated driver’s compartment, the driver should remove and dispose of PPE and perform hand hygiene to avoid soiling the compartment.

If the transport vehicle does not have an isolated driver’s compartment, the driver should remove the face shield or goggles, gown and gloves and perform hand hygiene. A respirator or facemask should continue to be used during transport.
All personnel should avoid touching their face while working.

On arrival, after the patient is released to the facility, EMS clinicians should remove and discard PPE and perform hand hygiene. Used PPE should be discarded in accordance with routine procedures.

Other required aspects of Standard Precautions (e.g., injection safety, hand hygiene) are not emphasized in this document but can be found in the guideline titled Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings.


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