Can You Get It? Can You Still Wear a Mask?
The coronavirus is believed to be responsible for more than 90% of SARS cases in Asia. Many health care workers have already been infected, and the death toll has reached well over 100 people so far.
As the latest coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, many medical experts are now questioning whether, healthy, well-nourished people should wear a simple surgical mask while they are caring for sick patients. Those who have the virus do not seem to be wearing masks, according to some studies.
Still, many others, they claim, should follow common hand wash and keeping a certain distance from others to prevent themselves from getting contaminated. Other experts agree that people with compromised immune systems are at greater risk for getting the virus and therefore, it is important that they be vaccinated against the virus. In fact, most of the SARS victims in Asia, who developed the virus from the virus that killed off the SARS victims, had no idea they were infected.
However, health care workers who work with those who are ill are vulnerable to contracting the virus. Many are not vaccinated. Others, however, are vaccinated but have contracted the virus, so they have not yet developed the disease. Some people have never had SARS, which is believed to be caused by the same virus that causes SARS in humans.
Because of this, many health care workers, especially those with infants and small children, are advised to not wear masks while caring for sick people. This is one of the reasons why public facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes are having to implement these policies to ensure that health care workers and other public users do not become infected. In fact, in some areas of the country, health care workers are still being told not to wear masks while treating patients with the virus.
But SARS is different. While it is caused by the same virus that causes SARS in humans, it is not the same virus that kills these victims. And while many health professionals are advising people not to use masks when caring for the sick to avoid getting the virus, others are telling people to wear masks when they care for themselves. In fact, many health care workers have also been tested and found to be carriers of the virus, even after they have gotten the SARS treatment.
Although the virus cannot be transmitted through contact, health care workers can get contaminated if they touch objects where they are working with an infected patient. If one of these workers touches the face of an infected patient, then the person can get the virus through contact with their skin. Since the virus is airborne, contact with the nose or mouth can lead to infection. Therefore, masks are unnecessary during these kinds of contact and there may be many health risks that come along with this unnecessary protection.
However, health care workers do need to wear masks when handling the infected patient in order to avoid catching the virus, as well as being able to contact the patient to prevent the spread of the virus. The doctors will be testing the health care workers if the test is positive and tell them if they need the SARS treatment as well.
Even if the virus cannot be transmitted through the air, health care workers who come into contact with the virus do need to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes washing their hands before and after touching infected objects, disinfecting the room they are in with an antifungal agent, keeping their clothes and bedding clean with disinfectant, and keeping the room well-ventilated.
Even though these precautions are necessary, health care workers should also make sure that they have not been exposed to the virus. If they have, then they should follow the advice given by their physicians.
Once the patient is diagnosed with the virus, he or she will have to stay at the hospital for several days in order to fully recover from it. However, the symptoms associated with this virus are non-life threatening and can be easily treated.