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Research from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been released early “because of the urgent need to share information relating to the pandemic.”

Staff at the hospital were getting Covid despite doing everything they were asked to – including wearing surgical masks.

So as the second wave hit last December, managers made the decision to upgrade the protection on red wards. “The only thing left to try that could make a difference was FFP3 respirators, and they did” said Dr Mark Ferris, lead researcher at the hospital.

Dr Chris Illingworth from the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge, said “Once FFP3 respirators were introduced, the number of cases attributed to exposure on COVID-19 wards dropped dramatically – in fact, our model suggests that FFP3 respirators may have cut ward-based infection to zero.”

Dr Michael Weekes from the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge added: “Our data suggests there’s an urgent need to look at the PPE offered to healthcare workers on the frontline. Upgrading the equipment so that FFP3 masks are offered to all healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 could reduce the number of infections.”

The Cambridge Trust joins the likes of the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing and many other professional bodies in the call for FFP3 masks to be issued more widely.

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