Responding to COVID-19: GovShop’s Supplier Resource Guide Download Available
GovShop is continuing to directly support the COVID-19 response with free, up-to-date data on suppliers and inventory. We are working closely with government organizations to address critical shortages for ventilators, respirators, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.
In our recent effort, we created this resource guide that provides information on our coverage and datasets on key COVID-19-related categories.
Here’s what you’ll get in this crucial guide:
- Latest coverage of key market category segments
- List of key vetted suppliers you can source from
- Related contract vehicles
- Additional insights to learn the market
Key market categories include:
Ventilators provide respiratory assistance to patients who cannot breathe on their own or who require assistance to maintain adequate ventilation because of illness, trauma, congenital defects, or drugs (e.g., anesthetics). Ventilators consist of several components including a flexible breathing circuit, a control system, monitors, and alarms. The gas is delivered using a double-limb breathing circuit. The gas may be heated or humidified using appropriate devices. Most ventilators are microprocessor controlled and regulate the pressure, volume, and FiO2.
COVID-19 testing is a procedure to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in specimens obtained from patients. CDC recommended specimens for testing include nasopharyngeal (NP) specimen, oropharyngeal (OP) specimen, anterior nares (nasal swab) specimen, and Nasopharyngeal wash/aspirate or nasal wash/aspirate (NW) specimen. Currently, there are three types of test available for COVID-19 testing that includes Diagnostic tests: Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Antibody blood tests (Serologic test), and Antigen tests.
To create a safer environment during this pandemic, plexiglass and other plastic barriers have become critical. These protective barriers are used to try to prevent the spread of the virus. As more agencies and businesses open across the country, it is crucial to take measures that prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19 such as installing transparent shields or physical barriers, which is recommended wherever possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its reopening guidelines.
Vaccines and Therapeutics
Researchers, legacy drugmakers, and small startups alike have been working to develop safe, effective vaccines and treatments against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Before becoming available to the public through mass production, the vaccines are undergoing several stages of testing on healthy volunteers to determine its safety and efficacy in inducing an immune response against the virus.
COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps
As the country continues to open and resume work and life, contact tracing apps will be integral in identifying people potentially exposed to COVID-19, as well as to find and alert those they’ve come into contact with. Traditional contact tracing requires health officials to track down all recent contacts a patient can recall, interviewing them and having them self isolate. Instead, smartphone contact tracing apps are much quicker and more efficient in detecting when two users are close enough to share the virus -- alerting one person as soon as the other gets sick -- even if the two are strangers. These COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps rely on low-energy Bluetooth signals that trigger notifications to phones they’ve been in close proximity with.
Cleaning/Disinfecting Products and Services
COVID-19 has been found to be transmitted from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, and also has the potential to spread through contaminated surfaces. Objects such as doorknobs, keyboards, countertops, toys, checkout lanes and others can harbor SARS-CoV-2, where the virus can remain viable from hours to days on the surfaces, depending on the materials they’re made of. As such, thorough and frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces is a key measure in lowering the spread of COVID-19 in households, offices, commercial spaces and more.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) refers to protective clothing (e.g. medical gowns and/or aprons), head protection (helmets and/or caps), medical gloves, face shields, goggles, glasses, surgical masks and/or respirators or other equipment designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness.
Additional Recommended Reads:
- COVID-19 Testing Kits: Suppliers, Efficacy, Costs & More
- Responding to COVID-19: Verified Personal Protective Equipment Suppliers (PPE)
- Responding to COVID-19: Protective Barriers