A leading union says half of nursing staff in the South West have felt pressure to carry out their work without the levels of protection set out in official guidance.
The warning comes as businesses and even schools step in to fill the shortfall to supply hospitals, care homes and emergency workers.
Responses to the Royal College of Nursing include those from staff working in areas where they are at high risk of contracting coronavirus.
As the Government struggles to supply personal protective equipment to the right place at the right time, those most at risk are telling their union they are struggling to cope:
Cornwall Council says it has received just a third of the 36,000 face masks it ordered for residential care homes and home carers.