We are fortunate in a way that COVID-19 has hit us at a time of year when the weather is not at an extreme. If I wear my reflector jacket, our PPE gowns don’t fit me. It’s not so cold that I can’t enter a house without my jacket on, but come winter, climbing over snowbanks in a regular shirt so I will be able to put my gown on when I get to the house may lead to pneumonia. Those who can put the PPE on over their winter coats may find themselves overheating and not able to take off their jackets should they find themselves in strenuous situations inside like having to do chest compressions in a room with the thermostat cranked up.
Even though it is spring weather, when I am gowned in full PPE with N95 mask and face shield, it can get pretty hot if you are carrying a patient or working a cardiac arrest. I can’t imagine what it will be like when it is 100 degrees and humid.
I have yet to get my full PPE routine down. Pock