CAN: Cannabis companies helping with providing medical gear

As hospitals across Canada scramble to find new protective gear for healthcare workers who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak, some are getting fresh shipments from an unlikely source: licensed cannabis producers.

Several major cannabis producers such as Canopy Growth Corp. and Hexo Corp. have provided hospitals with personal protection equipment (PPE) such as face masks, gloves, and bodysuits, drawing from their own excess inventory.

Staff at cannabis producers often use the same facemasks and other PPE gear that hospital workers wear when entering plant growing rooms to help prevent plant contamination and the transfer of mould or mildew which could be devastating for a company's harvest plans. 

Hospital staff across the country are facing stark shortages of the PPE gear due to the novel coronavirus, and that’s led some to reuse existing PPE gear, while manufacturers are beginning to retool their factories to provide hospitals with facemasks, respirators and other much-needed supplies. 


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