As we all know, there is hysteria out there about the Corona Virus going around.
Something has been "going viral" and its not your Instagram followers.
While all of it is cause to be careful, it is not cause to stop your life and live in fear. If you are in the U.S it appears risks are reduced currently but as we know, hardly a year goes by that the world is not grappling with some potential epidemic or another, so lets discuss what the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and not CNN, FOX, MSNBC, etc have to say shall we.
"There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including the following";
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
All Masks Are Not Created =
You may see surgical masks all over the news, but that doesn't mean that that is the preferred method of protection. China recommended citizens wear them, so that caused the question to be asked;
"is it necessary???"
They can be helpful and reduce the odds of transmission, but are not guaranteed.
NOPE ! NAH .....
It also is dramatically affected by what type of mask you wear.
Here are the main types:
Grass/Dust Mask -
better than nothing but little to no protection. Probably the best value is keeping your hands from direct contact with your mouth.
They may be the most “comfortable” mask, however, scientific evidence suggests that wearing these masks might not have much of an impact on preventing the spread of viruses because they are so thin and poorly fitted, and they do not effectively block infected air.
If you do choose to wear a respirator or a mask, make sure it fits properly by covering your nose, mouth, and chin.
Surgical N95 Respirator-
People working directly with a coronavirus patient should wear a heavy-duty mask called a N95 respirator, according to one NPR article on the topic. These respirators are additionally designed to fit tightly around the nose and mouth, and when worn correctly, they can block at least 95 percent of small airborne particles.
Care has to be taken. Health care workers who use these respirators are required by law to undergo an annual fit test that makes sure the mask forms a tight seal on the wearer’s face to avoid air leaks.
N95s are also “difficult to wear” because they are uncomfortable, Schaffner said. Some people find it hard to breathe while using one, but it’s protection that works.
In conclusion, as of the writing of this article, even though increasing numbers of people in China are wearing surgical masks, experts (CDC) is saying ( 2019 Outbreak Link )that wearing any mask to protect against the virus in the U.S. is not necessary. Officials also say that there is no recommendation for the general U.S. public to wear N95s. The 95 means 95% so even these masks are not 100% safe (no mask is). It is best to avoid high risk situations.
Industrial N95 Respirators-
These are not the same as surgical masks or surgical N95 respirators. In fact, industrial N95 respirators are designed to reduce but cannot eliminate a wearer’s exposure against certain airborne particles and aerosols free of oil. These are particularly for industrial settings, and employers and users are required to follow the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, 29CFR 1910.134.
Because these respirators are meant for industrial settings, US health officials do not recommend that US citizens wear these for protection against coronavirus, either.
Knowledge Is Power!!!!
Stay informed & educate yourself!!!
In lieu of all this, it’s important to:
- Remain calm and understand the facts of the situation
- Read health reports and pay attention to mandated protocol in your country and others.
- Monitor the situation closely and understand that your mask is not the coronavirus cure.
- In the event of an outbreak incident, it would be good to have food and water rations on hand to reduce human contact and spread.
More to come on more topics....
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