COVID-19 is transmitted from person-to-person through droplet transmission. This is why health care workers and other essential personnel need PPE to keep themselves and their families safe. PPE includes face masks, face shields, gowns, shoe covers, safety glasses, and nitrile gloves, all of which can prevent the spread of virus-containing droplets.
Adequate supplies of PPE are also necessary to conduct widespread COVID-19 virus and antibody testing. COVID-19 testing must be administered with PPE, and healthcare workers caring for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients must don and doff their PPE appropriately and frequently to prevent transmission to patients, coworkers, loved ones, and themselves.