The hospital started out with face masks alone, then plastic face shields, then positive pressure regulators.
Obviously, the nurses were not to blame- the hospital administrators were.
I noticed pics on the news showing the nurses with what appeared to be an operating room mask and a face shield. About the level of protection one might use to keep grinding dust out of their eyes and nose. Seemed strange to me.
If you run a body shop and have an employee spraying any sort of catalyzed paint containing isocyanates without a complete paint suit including a hood with external air supply, that would be a serious violation under OSHA with a presumptive fine starting at $25,000. Isocyanates can mess you up, or even kill you if you happen to be hypersensitive, but they sure as hell don't carry a 50%+ mortality rate.
While I agree 100% with the regs concerning paint spraying, it seems as though a lot of Washington's rule making is directed at trades where they offhandedly assume everyone is dumb and willing to compromise employee safety, while at the same time they blindly assume the medical field is populated with brilliant folks who'd always have employee safety as their top priority. From my own observations of things that make the news, a lot of big hospitals are run by the same sort of self serving toads who run the worst of big corporations where they'd cut any corner possible to feather their own nest or add a few more digits to their annual bonus.