Two of the major issues arising from the current medical emergency and lockdown are how much it would cost to prepare for a similar crisis and how Canadians would pay for it (as well as pay for the one we’re enduring).
The N95 particulate mask is deemed necessary to ensure that neither the wearer nor those they encounter will become infected with the virus. Prior to the full onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, they cost less than $1 each.
Reusable medical-standard face shields sell for about $40 each and less in bulk. A pack of 100 disposable medical latex gloves goes for around $10, or 20 cents a pair. Scanning the Internet, surgical gowns are about $1.
So outfitting a Canadian with personal protection equipment (PPE) – masks, a face shield and gloves for every month of a possible infection – would cost a couple of dollars a day, plus $40 for the face shield, so $100 a month in total. For 38 million Canadians who might need these things in the event of another pandemic, that would be $3.8 billion a month or over $10 billion for three months.