There’s often a need for “regular” gowns, though, which are not classified as sterile, but are still brand-new and clean. For certain tasks—like assisting in an operating room, or seeing a patient in isolation—a regular gown is sufficient. “They’re mostly to cover your scrubs, which could be dirty, or to protect yourself from whatever theI survived the great toilet paper apocalypse of 2020 shirt it is in the first place but patient is positive for,” Liz explained. So it seems entirely possible that designers around the world could pitch in to make surgical drapes, regular gowns, and maybe even face masks. Perhaps the larger brands and luxury groups could partner with hospitals or health-care bodies to find a way to make hospital-approved sterile gowns and drapes, too; LVMH’s move to divert its fragrance factories to make hand sanitizer likely sparked a lot of ideas. (In a rare instance of our jobs overlapping, Liz knew about the LVMH news before I did; hand sanitizer is another supply she hasn’t been able to find at the hospital.)
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