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Common coronavirus prevention measures

A guide on common coronavirus measurements. 

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How to prevent coronavirus infections

 

So what can you do to for coronavirus prevention? There are a few things that are commonly known to avoid the coronavirus in humans. We have prepared a detailed guide over here.

Most importantly, wash your hands whenever possible with a soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser when available. Many restaurants, lobbies at offices, shops provide free hand sanitisers at the entrance of the building. 

Wash your hands frequently

Washing your hands is the most important precaution to avoid coronavirus infection. You may use a common soap or hand wash available in any convenience store or supermarket. If you prefer to order online many eCommerce stores like Amazon deliver to your household. If you are at your workplace or unable to wash your hands with water you may also use a alcohol based hand sanitiser such as this one

Bring along disinfectant wipes/alcohol based wipes

Disinfectant wipes are a great solution to keep your hands clean when you are on the go or when you are going to places that might have a large crowd of people. Whether you want to clean a seat, handrails on a bus or a table in a restaurant to sit down, these can come in very handy. Make sure they are alcohol and/or antibacterial/antiviral based.  

Should I wear a mask to protect myself?

Most definitely wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease. However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people.

WHO advises on rational use of medical masks thus avoiding unnecessary wastage of precious resources and potential misuse of masks. This means using masks only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing), have suspected 2019-nCoV infection with mild symptoms or are caring for someone with suspected 2019-nCoV infection. A suspected 2019-nCoV infection is linked to travel in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or close contact with someone who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.
 
Trough various research we can conclude washing your hands frequently, especially before a meal or if you have been outside, riding the subway or a bus are the most effective ways to protect yourself. Wearing a mask when outside increases your chances NOT getting infected with the coronavirus. 

Wear medical masks

If you are healthy, you only need to wear a mask if you are taking care of a person with suspected 2019-nCoV infection.
 
As a precaution however, when travelling, being in public and crowded areas and/or being in affected areas it is wise to wear a medical mask. As a precaution to others wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
 
Keep in mind, masks are most effective when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
 

How to wear a mask properly

 
If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly:
 
  • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
  • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
  • To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

What kind of mask should I wear to prevent coronavirus infections?

There are several different types of masks but only 2 types of masks are very effective (N95 mask) to moderate/good effect (surgical masks)

N95 respirator/masks

In short N95 graded respirator masks are the most effective ones as the respirator is thicker than a surgical mask. 

Surgical masks

Surgical masks are intended for surgeons, because these products do a good job of keeping pathogens from the doctor’s nose and mouth.

It is not uncommon in some Asian countries, such as Japan, Hong Kong and China, to see people wearing surgical masks in public to protect themselves against pathogens and pollution. But those masks don’t help much in the context of a virus.

Surgical masks are not designed to keep out viral particles, and they’re not nearly as tightly fitted around your nose and cheeks, as an N95 respirator. 

However if you are travelling, at airports or are in crowded places these surgical masks do a modest to good job protecting you from coronavirus.

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