So, I've finally gotten into binging Star Trek and I can't explain this:

Why do they almost never utilize protective wear? Multiple times I've seen an epidemic break out onboard a starship and even the doctors don't wear anything, no breath filters or gloves, let alone a biohazard suit and because of this they end up infected. (TNG: Unnatural Selection, TNG: The Naked Now)

When going on away missions no one ever takes anything protective, even if they are simply exploring an uninhabited jungle where they have no clue about the possibly dangerous flora and fauna. Riker almost dies because he got stuck by a vine thorn.(TNG: Shades Of Grey)

Suggested answer from here talks about armour for battle, that was not my question, my question is about the fact that there is zero protection from biologicaly hostile environment: Doctors are in no way separated from their patients and away teams have no precautions against wildlife. I understand you do not go armed to the teeth on an diplomatic mission, but when your patient has the plague you get yourself a mask. Another answer is they take precautions that we do not see, again not true because doctors are infected by their own patients.

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    Excellent question! Especially since they did have protective gear -- even in the time of TOS (see "The Naked Time", where they were to expose themselves to nothing, and the whole problem happened because one fellow took off his glove for a few seconds). Nonetheless, most episodes do not have protective gear, even though people are frequently injured, pricked, exposed....TOS is the same.
    – Basya
    May 19, 2019 at 13:20
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    This is all speculation, so I'm not inclined to "Answer". I compare your Question to our news cycle. Everyone reads headlines and become frantic that planes are dropping out of the sky everywhere. No, they're not. If they were, it wouldn't be NEWS. ie: something unique and not-routine. In "Star Trek", what we see in episodes are the incidents that are unique and not-routine. We don't see dozens of "another day, another alien planet" standard encounters. Commonplace (for our heroes) exploration where their precautions and procedures work absolutely fine.
    – Blaze
    May 19, 2019 at 13:27
  • I do not think the "this is just a unique occurence" answer is sufficient. We tend to be quite protective of our lives and even if only 1 in a 1000 planets with life have life that is actually dangerous, the first scouting party (tng shades of grey: La Forge says they are the first away team) should have some basic protection. And more importantly this does not explain their horrendous ability to handle an epidemic onboard a star fleet vessel
    – Filip
    May 19, 2019 at 13:58
  • In Star Trek it is possible for Earth humans to be infected by diseases from alien planets. Therefore it should be possible for alien planets to be contaminated by Earth diseases which infect alien life forms. Therefore Starfleet should take precautions against infecting alien planets, but doesn't seem to. The reasons might be related to the reasons for their medical carelessness. May 19, 2019 at 14:45
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    @HamSandwich - The dupe link leads to a completely different question, primarily about armor. This is the dupe link as I initially mentioned in my comment: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/6782/…
    – Odin1806
    May 19, 2019 at 19:34


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