Health official emailed Fauci to suggest health workers wear ‘DOGGIE CONES’ during PPE shortage

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Health official suggested in email to Fauci that health workers wear ‘DOGGIE CONES’ instead of using PPE during a national shortage – the COVID czar replied ‘Thank you’

  • US health official Karen Becks suggested workers use ‘dog cones’ in an April 2020 email to Fauci
  • At the time, there was a shortage of PPE among those battling COVID 19 across the country
  • Fauci replied politely, “Karen: Thanks for your note. Sincerely, Tony.’

A US health official emailed a suggestion to Dr. Anthony Fauci that medical personnel could use ‘dog cones’ as protection during the nationwide shortage of PPE early in the pandemic.

“As I sit here at home and ponder the shortage of medical supplies, dog cones can actually be used as protection for our health professionals,” Karen Becks, a member of the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote to Fauci on April 7, 2020.

“Just a thought that looks and sounds crazy, but can help.”

Fauci replied politely, “Karen: Thanks for your note. Sincerely, Tony.’

That was the end of the suggestion. It never got any further.

dr.  Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a Senate health, education, labor and pension hearing on efforts to combat COVID-19, May 11.

dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a Senate health, education, labor and pension hearing on efforts to combat COVID-19, May 11.

'Doggy Cones'

'Doggy Cones'

‘Doggy cones’ were a suggestion to replace PPE during the shortage early in the pandemic

Doctors wearing PPE equipment are given a surgical mask and visor in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.  When PPE equipment early in the

Doctors wearing PPE equipment are given a surgical mask and visor in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. When PPE equipment early in the

Dog cones are used to prevent dogs from scratching or biting wounds and are usually worn after they have been spayed or neutered.

This was one of thousands of emails from Fauci published Tuesday by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post.

The suggestion to use dog cones may seem ridiculous, but in April 2020 it was difficult to find PPE for frontline workers, doctors and nurses.

Some masks proved more effective than others, and some health professionals improvised makeshift masks early on when they ran out and hospitals were overcrowded

A year later, deliveries may still be an issue, according to Business Insider, which referenced a February 2021 poll that found 81 percent of nurses said they had reused single-use PPE.

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