Hand to Mouth Transmission of the Coronavirus
The coronavirus has been found in people of all ages but has been associated with hospital infections in young children. Since the latest outbreak, there has been increased awareness of hand hygiene and face masks, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This article describes some of the major types of PPE available for use against the coronavirus and explains how they can help prevent infection in the future.
Hand to mouth contact is the most common way that the virus spreads, but it is possible to come into contact with the virus without actually coming into contact with the hands. Even though this type of virus is not easily transmitted by touch, there is still a risk that the hands will be contaminated with the virus. If this were to happen, it is important to be able to use a face mask or other suitable protection to protect the face. PPE should be used in the same way as for handling other types of flu virus and includes goggles, gloves, a surgical mask and gown.
Hand to mouth contact has also been shown to be a risk for transmitting the coronavirus through direct contact with the eyes. If you have recently had contact with a person who has been diagnosed with the virus, it is important to look after the eyes. Look for signs of infection including redness, swelling, dryness and painful eyes.
To reduce the risk of transmission through hands, it is essential to wash your hands thoroughly before handling food and after handling any part of the body including the face. Washing with soap and water is easy to do, but many people choose to use alcohol-based hand washes or other chemicals. If these are used, the importance of wearing personal protective equipment should be an important consideration.
The respiratory route is a route of transmission through the nose, mouth and eyes. If the virus gets on the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth, it is difficult to remove and the virus can cause severe eye and ear infections. To protect the eyes, it is important to use goggles and protect the nose with a surgical mask.
Hand to mouth contact in young children is the other common route of transmission, but this does not always mean that the child will contract the virus. While there is no conclusive evidence that it can be passed from one person to another, a range of factors could explain why it happens. This includes heredity, virus shedding and exposure to saliva.
For children, hand to mouth transmission can occur in a variety of ways. Hands may be used to touch contaminated objects or fingers may be moved to the mouth. To protect the nose, nasal cavities and mouth, it is essential to wear goggles and avoid the route of transmission via hands.
Many people worry about the respiratory route when they think of transmission through the nose and mouth. It is possible for the virus to spread from the mouth or nose to the lungs. In young children and older adults, the respiratory route is usually easier to avoid.
However, if hand to mouth contact is the route of transmission, it is important to make sure that the respiratory route is protected. Using goggles and using disposable plastic splints are essential. Goggles are particularly important for young children, and disposable plastic splints are an excellent way to protect the nasal passage.
It is now known that the pandemic strains of the coronavirus are quite similar to ones that have previously caused serious outbreaks in humans. If the virus is identified, it is likely that a vaccine would be developed and many people are concerned about the safety of the current vaccines and their effectiveness in preventing further outbreaks. There is a small amount of data about the efficacy of the new vaccines, and more research is needed before these vaccines are available to everyone.
Hand to mouth contact is still the most common route of transmission, although there is some concern about a decrease in hand to mouth transmission. There is very little risk if a person uses a disposable plastic splint or goggles, but this should not be an excuse for skipping out on protection. It is vital to use goggles and hand washes and remember that precautions should be taken at all times.