How To Protect Yourself Against The Coronavirus COVID-19
The Coronavirus [CORVID-19] is a virus much like any other that turns into a cold or flu.
Therefore it essential to protect yourself in the same ways as you would against catching a cold or the flu and not a lot different, basic precautions are all that's needed.
The number one, most important precaution against a virus is simply to WASH YOUR HANDS as often as possible. If your'e constantly on the move and around a lot of people, then washing your hands becomes absolutely essential.
At a recent World Health Organization press conference, officials stressed the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching any parts of the face, especially the mouth.
People tend to touch, what is considered the main 'mucosal surfaces', these being the nose, eyes, and mouth area, and that is the most direct route for the virus to infect.
The public may find themselves touching surfaces that are contaminated, or get close to somebody coughing and sneezing, and then they inadvertently touch their nose or mouth, by doing this you bring the infectious virus much closer to areas of the body that can get easily infected.
If you must go into areas that are open to the public, try not to touch things and objects, make as little contact as possible.
Especially doors handles, hand rails and the like. Make the least amount of contact as you can.
Then when possible wash them again, for at least 30 seconds with soap and water.
But, herein lies a potential problem, what to do when you find yourself without access to soap and water:
How Do You Protect Yourself Against The Coronavirus COVID-19
When it's not possible to frequently wash with soap and water, there is a very good, effective solution available, that will work as effectively as washing with soap and water.
Use an ALCOHOL BASED SANITISER with an alcohol content of at least 65%. Anything less will be insufficient.
Typically these come as a gel in a pump based container, making them convenient and easy to use. They are the sort of thing you would see in hospitals as you enter a ward.
Although it is also possible to effectively use the sanitising wipes at a push.
UK supplies of sanitiser have practically dried up due to the massive public demand.
The result of this is we are now being flooded with imports. So it is very important to check what you are buying.
Sanitisers must be at least 60 - 70% alchohol based to have any change of being effective.
Probably the single most important thing to remember, especially when out and about, is DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE, before you've washed or applied sanitiser gel to your hands.
This is exactly how the virus will spread into you system, through your eyes, nose or mouth. If you take this simple precaution you will drastically reduce the spread of the virus.
The World Health Organization have also issued guideline on the CoronaVirus outbreak, stating that a face mask is ineffective and if not infected, you do not need to wear a mask in public.
The only reason that a person would be expected to wear a surgical mask, is if you're already infected with the coronavirus and thus you are quarantined.
Hence, if you decide to remain at home and stay away from your workplace, school or college, showing 'flu like' symptoms, and you're trying NOT to infect members of your family [or friends], you should most definitely wear a suitable mask.
Professor Stanley Perlman, a microbiology and immunology professor at Carver College of Medicine at University of Iowa, who has done extensive coronavirus researcher and stated that surgical masks aren't that good at keeping these viruses out because they have larger pores.
They also fail due to the inability to form a sufficient seal around the contour of the face, thus allowing the virus to infiltrate around the sides.
These 'surgical masks' are flat and pleated, but the type you'll see people wearing often is the N95 respirator Mask, [shown below]
World Health Organization have also issued a guide to wearing to mask, shown below:
The N95 masks will block up to 95% of any airborne particles, the problem we now have considering the current worldwide risk and current rate of transmission is the high demand for these masks.
Hospital workers, health care workers and essential services are being issued N95 as a matter of priority.
These health care workers wear face masks to block off some of those larger droplets from sneezes and coughs, and prevent them from hitting your mouth and ingestion.
Amongst scientist and infectious disease specialists it would appear the conscientious of opinion is that the public do not need to wear a N95 mask, it should be only someone who is potentially infected and in quarantine..!
I think the jury is still out on that one, as I consider every means of being prepared and how to reduce the risk of infection, essential for everyone.
Don't think it's a knee jerk reaction.
Just common sense.
Get yourself prepared.....
Happy prepping folks,
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