There are also suggestions that the PPE that has arrived from central procurement is much inferior to the supplies that have come from local businesses - for example, glasses that fall off and gowns that don't cover elbows or the whole of arms. There's a plea for the Scottish Government to follow the example of other nations by urging industry to donate their PPE to the NHS.
It's well-known that the shortages of PPE (and the inadequacies of the supplies that do exist) are a massive problem because they put health workers at grave risk of infection and illness, and also because seriously ill patients are much less likely to receive optimum treatment if a significant percentage of health workers are self-isolating after showing symptoms. But there's also a third issue: lack of PPE is a significant factor in fuelling the overall epidemic. I believe I'm correct in saying that in Italy, no fewer than 8% of all confirmed cases are health workers. Many of those people have gone home and infected family members.
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On a totally unrelated subject, I've been having a look at the datasets for the recent Scottish poll from Panelbase, and you might be interested to know just how close we came to a 50/50 split on the independence question. After weighting, 415 respondents said they would vote Yes, and 424 said they would vote No. That works out as Yes 49.46%, No 50.54%. (Those figures are approximate, because I'm fairly sure that even weighted respondents are rounded to the nearest whole number.) If the Yes figure had been 49.5% or above, it would have been reported as 50%. So it looks as if just the tiniest smidgeon more would have kept Yes in the 50s - which is pretty incredible in the middle of the biggest international crisis since the Second World War.