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The global healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE) market for COVID-19 size was valued at USD 4.66 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 25.66 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 11.8% during the forecast period.
Increasing the importance of personnel safety at healthcare and clinic facilities along with a rising number of coronavirus pandemic cases worldwide are driving the healthcare personal protective equipment market size for COVID-19. The healthcare sector is experiencing rapid changes worldwide, especially due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This highlights the need for continuous innovation in the healthcare sector.
The current global COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for PPE products in the healthcare sector such as gloves, face masks, gowns, coveralls, face shields, and goggles. These are worn to reduce exposure to the surroundings that can cause serious health issues. Also, the priority of different organizations and governments globally is to take decisive action to protect their people including the doctors, paramedical teams, and COVID-19 patients.
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Medical Artificial Intelligence (AI) Take Prominence In The Asia Pacific
The corona outbreak has put major pressure on the healthcare industry globally. Healthcare authorities are working diligently on rapid response, faster diagnosis, ensuring the safety of medical workers, and effective use of resources. In this case, AI has developed as an advantage to the healthcare industry, by helping to cope with the pandemic effectively. The sector is quickly adopting newer technology to ramp up the operations. The government of China has encouraged the expansion of AI tools for the healthcare sector. To ramp up the efforts of developing AI systems, many healthcare companies and tech giants are speeding up the process of CT scans of the suspected COVID-19 cases. An artificial intelligence firm, iFlytek is jointly developing an AI-based COVID-19 diagnosis system with China Academy of Sciences. As per the company, the system can analyze and read a CT scan of a patient in three seconds.
As the coronavirus cases started spreading in countries other than China, other countries in the Asia Pacific started strengthening and adopting their diagnostic capabilities using AI. For example, Malaysia’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Digital Economy and Society in Thailand collaborated for accurate and quick diagnostic results to deal with the corona pandemic effectively. Additionally, the provincial government in the Philippines joined forces with Lifetrack Medical Systems for an AI-based decision to support the radiologists identify chest CT patterns probable of the corona. Also, the University of Sydney, Australia, launched the DetectED-X modified, an AI diagnostic tool for improving breast cancer accuracy by detecting the virus with help of lung CT scans in patients coming from China and Italy.
Rising Demand For PPE Products From The Healthcare Industry To Aid Market Growth
As the disease is highly contagious and the capability of asymptomatic transmission is high, there is an increasing concern about medical staff and patient safety in critical care and anesthesia, amid the coronavirus outbreak. The current global COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented demand for these products in the healthcare industry including gloves, face masks, gowns, coveralls, face shields, and goggles. These are worn to reduce exposure to hazards that can cause serious health issues. Companies are focusing on increasing the production capacities of the PPE product to support the overall market demand. At the initial stages, the COVID-19 outbreak in China had created a huge demand for healthcare personal protective equipment products for doctors and healthcare workers that resulted in the disruption of the supply chain in other countries.
The increasing demand for respiratory protection, hand protection, and protective clothing in the healthcare industry ensures the safety of people and healthcare professionals during the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. This is expected to boost the demand for personal protective equipment in the market. The healthcare professionals are at high risk as they are working in a highly perilous environment.
To ensure the safety of medical workers deployed in corona treatment hospitals, the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) in collaboration with MAF Clothing Private Limited developed quality-certified and cost-effective fabric-based PPE suits. Growing concerns by the government towards employee safety and health, coupled with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., Germany, Russia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, UK, and India on account of a shortage of protective kits, are likely to boost the demand for PPE. Strict government norms about employee safety concerns are forcing employers to comply with the industry principles, thus stimulating the need for personal protective equipment in the healthcare sector.
Rising Skin Allergies due to Usage of PPE Products for a Longer Time to Hamper Growth
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been an increasing demand for personal protective equipment that has been used by healthcare workers for treating patients. More than 40% of the medical staff have been experiencing serious skin injury related to the usage of this product such as face shields, goggles, protective gowns or coveralls, and masks. Such skin injuries are putting the staff at an elevated risk of infection due to insufficient prevention and treatment measures. The three major factors causing skin injuries due to the use of personal protective equipment include moist skin due to sweating, skin tear due to tightness of masks, and pressure injuries. Most of these allergies are caused due to heavy sweating, and long-term wearing, and usage of grade III type PPE products. The most susceptible part of skin injuries in medical staff is nose bridges, ears, cheeks, and forehead. Long hours of wearing personal protective equipment products, such as the N95 respirators or surgical masks, and goggles pressurize the nose bridge and cheeks of healthcare workers causing a high rate of skin injuries and allergies.
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Increasing Demand for Protective Clothing during COVD-19 Pandemic May Aid in Expansion
In terms of product, the market is segmented into eye & face protection, protective clothing, hand protection/safety gloves, and respiratory protection/N-95 respirators. Eye & face protection is further segmented into safety spectacles, safety goggles, face mask, and face shield. Protective clothing is further segmented into isolation gowns, coveralls, and others. Among these, protective clothing earned a 37.1% share in 2019 and emerged as a dominant segment. The high demand for coveralls, isolation gowns, aprons, and shoe cover to protect people from spreading infection is boosting the protective clothing market growth. Coveralls are mainly designed to cover the whole body including lower legs, back, feet, and head as well. FDA classifies protective garments as surgical isolation, non-surgical gowns, and surgical.
Additionally, the continuous increase in the demand for such protective clothing is augmenting the production of PPE by various companies across the world. This is further expected to help this segment continue dominating the market in the forecast period as well. For example, Dickies in partnership with VF Corporation, its parent company, announced their support for the fight against coronavirus in the U.S. by manufacturing FDA compliant isolation gowns for healthcare workers and hospitals. These protective garments will be distributed to communities throughout the U.S. Both the companies are expected to deliver and produce 675,000 gowns in June, and up to 3.4 million by September. Additionally, in April 2020, Burlington in partnership with Ralph Lauren to create and produce isolation gowns for COVD-19 frontline workers in New Jersey, North Carolina, and New York.
Hand hygiene is considered to be an important method to prevent infectious disease spread. Safety gloves may show a significant gain in the global market for PPE due to the increasing use of disposable gloves, sanitizers, and soaps. Growing consumer consciousness regarding safety and health measures associated with the treatment of patients may augment the market. Medical gloves are preferably used to protect the wearer and other patients from the spread of infection during any medical examinations or procedures. These gloves are mainly disposable, including surgical gloves, and are approved by the FDA.
Hospitals May Account for the Major Share in the Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market for COVID-19
In terms of application, the market is segmented into hospitals, clinics, and others. Hospitals accounted for the major share due to the growing ongoing coronavirus cases. They help in preventing the spread of germs in hospitals and clinics. Hospitals use three different types of medical gloves which are made up of vinyl, nitrile, and latex materials. Hospitals and clinics have mandated the use of protective gloves among healthcare workers to protect against various pathogenic microorganisms. Each healthcare worker should understand the rationale behind using gloves and assess the potential risk that each task carries.
North America Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment Market for COVID-19 Market Size, 2016-2027 (USD Billion)
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North America healthcare PPE for COVID19 market size was valued at USD 1.71 billion in 2019 on account of increasing awareness regarding the safety & health, and laws mandating the proper use of safety gloves, isolation gowns, and face masks. The increasing number of COVID-19 outbreak cases in the U.S. has led to a rise in the demand for PPE by healthcare and paramedical workers along with the continuous R&D in the healthcare sector, thereby boosting the regional industry growth. The U.S. has witnessed more than 1,859,597 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 2nd June 2020, which has surged the demand for masks and respirators. Strict government regulations regarding the safety of patients, doctors, and other paramedical workers in the hospital or clinics and imposition of a huge penalty for non-compliance has augmented the demand for disposable gloves. Also, companies are collaborating and increasing PPE production capacity to meet the overall demand. For example, In May 2020, 3M plans to triple its N 95 masks production where the company expects to produce 96 million respiratory masks at the U.S. production facility by October.
Asia Pacific market, driven by China, India, Japan, South Korea, and others shall witness significant gains during the forecast timeframe. China accounted for the largest share as it was the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. This has caused a high demand from the country for various personal protective equipment such as face masks, gloves, coveralls, and others. China is the major producer and exporter of personal protective equipment products globally. The growing cases within the country have led to surging demand for these products which is supporting the growth of these products in the Chinese market.
India has ramped up the production of COVID-19 related medical equipment and protective gear, thereby reducing the dependency on international countries. According to the Association of Indian Medical Device Industry, Indian mask manufacturers usually produce about 240 million disposable masks per year mainly for domestic purposes. Currently, most of the distributors and manufacturers have surged disposable masks, protective gear, protective clothing, and other critical medical equipment production. However, the market is moderately fragmented and is dominated by various medium and small-sized companies with operating production capacities of masks ranging between 10,000 and 100,000 per day. Also, 3M India increased the production of hand sanitizers, surgical masks, and respirators by 35% to 40% mainly for healthcare, workplace, and home care safety.
The European market may show significant growth during the forecast period with skyrocketing COVID-19 cases in Russia, Spain, UK, Italy, France, and Germany. Russia reports around 423,741 cases as of June 2, 2020. Currently, there is no vaccine for treating COVID-19, human trials of several existing antiviral drugs are yet to show efficacy. An interview with the head of Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund said, the Russian hospitals will begin with the antiviral drug, Avifavir to the patients from June 11, 2020. Additionally, in April 2020, UNICEF Spain donated around 418,000 face masks to the Spain Government for fighting against coronavirus. Also, UNICEF Spain donated over 100,000 virus detection kits, 1,050,000 gloves, 97,000 hand sanitizer units, and 1,000 sets of PPEs.
Companies are Forming Strategic Alliances Along with Technological Advancements to Remain in Business
The global market is fragmented with the presence of many regional and international manufacturers. The five key players operating in the industry are Honeywell, Ansell, 3M, Alpha ProTech, and DuPont accounting for over 55% of the total market share in 2019. Other players include Semperit AG Holding, Bullard, Supermax Corporation Berhad, Lakeland, Inc., Uvex Group, Cofra, Cardinal Health, and others. Most of the industrial participants are expanding their business during the COVID-19 outbreak by forming alliances such as partnership, acquisition, joint venture, and new product launch to improvise their business and product portfolio in the value chain. For instance, in May 2020, Aspen Surgical increased its capacity production up to 25% of the PPE products to support COVID-19 efforts in North America. Also, the company is planning to hire more than 100 new employees and is acquiring new machinery in Agua Prieta to support a 35% to 40% increase in the production of isolation gowns.
In April 2020, DuPont partnership with Cummins, Inc. to supply critical material for N-95 respirator masks for the healthcare professionals to help fight COVID-19. Also, In April 2020, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) signed an agreement with DuPont to deliver 450,000 Tyvek suits to the U.S. to protect the healthcare workers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with this, N95 respirator mask, face shield, and gloves will be provided. Tyvek coverall suit is an important piece of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers that are treating coronavirus. DuPont is making Tyvek suits at the Vietnam manufacturing facility. FedEx will ship these suits from Vietnam to the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile for distribution across the country.
Also, non-medical manufacturers are entering into the PPE business for healthcare personnel during the pandemic and boosting up the production. To meet such abrupt demand gaps, Chinese companies such as diaper companies, carmakers, the electronic industry, and others are adding masks, medical devices, protective clothing, and thermometers to their production lines. For instance, Foxconn, a maker of Apple iPhone, is producing surgical masks in its production unit.
In May 2020, Thinklabs One, a global electronic stethoscope provider, announced an advanced technology for healthcare workers keeping them safe during the pandemic by allowing Safe Distance Auscultation. This is the process where the doctors can listen to the patient’s lungs and hearts from a safe distance with the use of earbuds, headphones or external speakers that fit under or over PPE.
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Fortune Business Insights says that the global healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE) market size was USD 4.66 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 25.66 billion by 2027.
In 2019, the market value stood at USD 4.66 billion.
Growing at a highest CAGR of 11.8%, the market will exhibit steady growth in the forecast period (2020-2027).
The protective clothing is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.
An increase in demand for PPE products among healthcare personnel due to growing number of COVID-19 cases shall boost the over market.
North America held the highest market share in 2019.
Strict government regulations for the proper usage of personal protective equipment to minimize the contamination risk along with companies doubling the production capacities of the PPE products to meet the overall demand shall drive the market.
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