The recent surge of patients in the new pandemic of COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease caused by the new strain of the novel coronavirus CDC 19 may overwhelm the health systems of several countries. Although the disease itself is not spread nor is it contagious, the rapid spread of cases due to an increase in patients, coupled with the lack of available cures, may create a public health crisis. In fact, more than half of all diagnosed patients last year were children. Hand washing and mask use are therefore essential for COPD patients.
Although many patients feel that face masks will reduce the number of contacts that they have with others, the reality is that using them may actually make the problem worse. The reason for this is that they do not effectively kill or inhibit the movement of particles such as animal dander, which can easily get into the air. The result is that there are few barriers between your skin and the particles making contact. Therefore, while your body is trying to fight the problem, your face is also exposed to the contaminants in the air.
This makes using a face mask a futile gesture. One solution to this problem is the use of surgical gloves, which offer superior protection when compared to face masks. Gloves help reduce the amount of contamination in the air by preventing the entry of large particles and the mixing of fluids. However, although these surgical gloves provide superior protection, many patients still prefer to wear face masks, because the experience has been described as more akin to working with a sheet over your face rather than a pair of surgical gloves.
Although surgical masks provide excellent protection against the majority of common household airborne pathogens, they are unable to protect you from one particular threat. Botulism is caused by Clostridium Botulinum, a type of bacteria that naturally lives in the intestines of animals and humans. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the Clostridium difficile. It is important to recognize that this is a completely different disease than botulism, which is caused by a strain of bacteria associated with food poisoning. While the symptoms associated with botulism are similar to those experienced with this particular illness, a distinction needs to be made between the two in order to better treat and prevent it.
While wearing surgical masks can certainly help to prevent the onset of this condition, they cannot cure or prevent it once it has occurred. As a result, you should always wear other protection, such as a dust or n95 mask, to reduce the risk of exposure to this organism. Ideally, you should wear a mask at all times when the room tends to be a hot environment. If you are concerned about being exposed to contaminated with saliva or other fluids, you should consider wearing a nose protector or a hand protector, which will prevent you from inadvertently inhaling or ingesting the contaminants.
One area in which many people do not think to include when preparing for an outbreak is using disposable nitrile gloves while washing fresh fruits and vegetables. Nitrile gloves have a long history of being effective against food borne illnesses, but they are ineffective against viruses like coronavirus. While they are generally safe to use, you should avoid using them if at all possible. Instead, you should sterilize your hand by using clean and sterile water from your tap or another source to wash your hands in. This will ensure that your hands are truly clean and safe from contamination.
If you already have symptoms, you will likely want to stock up on disposable nitrile gloves prior to beginning your laundry routine. You should take care not to wash your hands until you are completely healed. Any leftover bacteria will eventually find its way into your bloodstream, and that could prove life threatening. By disinfecting your hands thoroughly and carefully, however, you can limit the chance of this unfortunate outcome.
Other types of surgical masks that are effective against this virus include the nasal spray type, which are recommended for children who suffer from sore throats. The snotty variety are also effective, but are best used in the home. The droplets must be used carefully, because the mucus can contain dangerous amounts of virus. Use a clean hand to hold the snot and gently blow air into it, trying to keep any virus that might be inhaled or ingested out of your system.