Because this virus is so new, not much is known about it yet. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating. Check their websites for updates.
The new coronavirus appears to be spreading from person to person. It may be spread by respiratory droplets when someone infected with the virus coughs or sneezes. But it's unclear exactly how it spreads or how contagious it is, and research is ongoing. Signs and symptoms of infection with the new coronavirus can be mild to severe and include a fever, cough and shortness of breath.
A coronavirus vaccine isn't currently available.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Use of Surgical masks is not effective.
Respirator type masks can be effective if used as part of a personal protection system.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if your hands aren't clean.
Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
Clean surfaces you often touch.
Stay home from work, school and public areas if you're sick.
If you're planning to travel internationally, first check the gov.uk and WHO websites for updates and advice. Also look for any travel advisories that may be in place where you plan to travel.
Surgical Masks vs Respirator Masks
Surgical masks have been seen on TV a lot in the past couple of months. With the Coronavirus spreading globally in the last few weeks we are hearing of masks having sold out as people purchase them to protect themselves from the newly named COVID-19.
Surgical masks are particularly ineffective against airborne viruses as they are designed to prevent fluid splatter. The large gaps around the nose and cheeks make them comfortable and easy to breath whilst wearing them, but at the same time allow any airborne virus direct access to your lungs. So they are good for surgery but not infection control. Also maximum usage is 4 hours.
Typical Surgical Mask
Reusable respirator half masks, which are designed for harsh industrial environments, are effective at preventing you from breathing in airborne infections but at a price.
Most importantly they are uncomfortable to wear for extended times as the tight fitting nature to prevent any dust entering the mask means they are sweaty and also they are costly to purchase. Another fact that many people are unaware of is that the filter pods on the side have to be replaced regularly to ensure that they remain effective. These are industrial devices not suited to wearing as everyday protection.
Typical Reusable Respirator Half Mask
This type of disposable dust mask has been held up to be the ideal standard for best protection lately. Again they are designed to offer a snug fit around the face to prevent dust from entering and have adjustable nose bands. Comfort levels are reasonable but they are only suitable for up to four hours usage before needing to be binned. The cost effectiveness of using FFP3 (The FF means disposable) type masks is very low as you require a new mask every day to keep effective protection. One last point is that you can not buy children's size respirator masks as they are designed for industrial use only.
Adjustable Adult Size
Purpose Made Respirator Masks
Typical Disposable Respirator (DUST) Mask
As the Coronavirus pandemic was growing in China, there was a lot of talk about the different types of mask and the effectiveness of the various models available. It became apparent that a purpose made mask was needed to answer the keys issues raised with existing designs.
Surgical masks are not effective so we need a snug fitting mask with filters
The filters are only effective for a given time so need to be replaceable
The mask needs to be able to be washed / sterilised
You can not buy child size respirator masks
All materials need to meet hospital grade
Production needs to be local as most masks are made in China and are no longer available due to shipping restrictions.
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