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Health officials in Indiana have banned medical appliances and medical equipment stores from selling products like surgical gloves and masks.
The Indiana Department of Health says it was responding to a recent rash of reported cases of coronavirus.
“These types of products are not safe for use by patients,” said Dr. David Bierut, the state’s chief public health officer.
“The department believes that they pose a significant risk to the public.”
The ban includes all types of medical devices, including surgical gloves, masking agents, mouthguards, masks, face shields, respirators, and intravenous line.
The ban also includes medical devices that use the same technology as surgical gloves: respirators.
It’s not clear what the products might look like.
The Indiana Department Of Health says they’re “not meant to be a substitute for gloves, and not meant to replace surgical gloves.”
It’s also unclear if the state will enforce the ban.
A spokeswoman for the Indiana Medical Association told NBC News, “We have nothing to say at this time.
The association will continue to monitor the situation.”
In New York, the City Health Department says it’s also banning medical equipment vendors from selling surgical gloves.
Officials there also have banned the sale of surgical gloves to hospitals.
Health experts say medical equipment makers are still trying to figure out the full scope of the virus and how to get it under control.
“They are going to have to figure that out,” said Chris Moulton, a health professor at the University of Michigan.
“You can’t have a medical device that is made of metal and can be reused or have one that has been made with medical grade materials, and then you are saying it is not safe to use.”
Health officials say the virus can be transmitted by direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, saliva, sweat or sweat.
It can also be spread by touching surfaces that have been contaminated with virus-contaminated body fluids.