Coronavirus and Personal Protective Equipment
The first victims of the new coronavirus were health care workers. Those who had direct contact with the virus have already developed the illness and are likely to die. On average, the death rate is around 20%. To control the virus, health authorities are now using a range of methods including personal protective equipment such as gloves, face masks and respiratory protection respirators.
Hand wash sinks are used to disinfect hands, not only for the public sector but also for patients in hospital or health care centres. Care homes, medical institutions and nursing homes are now using hand washers instead of sanitizing the hands with chlorine. Health authorities recommend hand washers because they produce safer water that does not contain dangerous bacteria and viruses.
However, disinfecting with chlorine can be quite difficult for children to learn. At the same time, hand washers cannot remove all the germs that may be present on the surface of the sink.
To ensure the safety of the workforce, health authorities recommend a face mask while washing hands. Most individuals are familiar with the hand washer and face mask combination, however health workers may still get ill. The risks are high when health workers are standing up and in crowded spaces.
Hands are ideal locations for the transfer of viruses and bacteria. Once the viruses enter the body, they are transported to the hands and face and the airways. When using an air washer, health care workers must use high pressure to kill the bacteria and viruses on the surfaces and on the hand washer head. At the same time, they must remember to wash their hands properly after hand washes.
The type of handwash employed must be suited to the type of hands used. Several manufacturers provide products for all conditions. In addition, all manufactures should have medical testing facilities to determine if a specific product will cause infection.
For instance, health care workers should never take showers or baths using a hand drier if the infected area is near the eyes, nose or mouth because viruses that are airborne have the ability to transfer directly from one person to another. Furthermore, health care workers should not use an air washer while washing their hands because this will generate heat which will affect the skin. Health workers should take care to protect their hands by using gloves.
Another important item is the face mask. People should wear a face mask when using an air washer to prevent contamination of the skin. The mask should cover the entire face and the nose and mouth. Also, people wearing an appropriate mask should protect their eyes by closing them tightly or covering them with glasses.
It is very important to remember that a hand drier may make skin drier than normal. Health care workers should use gloves or a face mask to dry their hands if the hand drier is used in a wet environment. Use a towel or pajama top if necessary to dry the hands. Use the low setting when washing the hands to avoid damaging them and to stop excessive drying.
Health care workers should wash their hands as soon as possible after being exposed to the virus. They should wash their hands on a regular basis using an anti-bacterial soap that is safe to use on the hands. Other measures should also be taken. These measures include an antibacterial solution for the face and other areas and the use of mouthwashes.
Even though some healthcare workers have become resistant to the anti-bacterial agents that are used in personal protective equipment, there is still a need for health facilities to use this form of protection. Health officials have tried a variety of treatments, and none have been successful in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Only a permanent solution is available.
The best way to protect yourself from this virus is to simply take your own hands off your face. Before you wipe your hands, use a little hand wash and pat your hands down with it for at least 5 minutes.