Why You Should Be Careful When Using Disposable N95 Masks
Are you aware that there is an outbreak of a new disease called “scabies”? If not, don’t worry, because this disease will not affect you. Scabies is caused by the parasites known as “mites” on the human host’s skin. Anyone, regardless of age, gender and social standing can fall prey to the irritating, itchy and sometimes painful presence of these mites, which can manifest themselves in painful sores or patches on the skin.
Now, let’s return to our original question: What about protection from SARS-CoV-2? Yes, if you’re in a social situation where you’ll come into contact with others, you must always wear a surgical mask or face masks to protect yourself from the irritating respiratory droplets which may transmit SARS contagious virus, from those who don’t even know that they already have the illness. These viruses can enter the body through the bite of a carrier insect. And though these types of respiratory viruses are extremely common among children, they can also be contracted by adults. Hence, before embarking on a social event, it is advised that one consult a physician to ensure that one isn’t allergic to any of the airborne irritants that could cause such infection.
So, just how do we prevent ourselves from getting this disease? Although no single treatment exists to stop the spread of the virus, there are a number of steps you can take to limit the severity of the symptoms, while also protecting yourself against secondary infections. Some people prefer to wear disposable plastic surgical masks which they dispose of after each use. Another option for protection is to wear hand washable vinyl facial masks which you can conveniently change every now and then when it becomes too dirty to clean.
Aside from using disposable face masks, another way of preventing the onset of this infection is to exercise good personal hygiene. Although hygiene is a bit of a tricky subject to master, it is something we can all practice regularly. For one thing, make sure that you regularly wash your hands to avoid spreading the bacteria which can lead to a respiratory infection. After washing your hands, always dry your face with a clean piece of cloth to prevent the spread of moisture to the outer layer of your skin. To further increase your level of physical distancing, it would also be best if you apply some talcum powder or a lip balm to further smother any trace of moisture that could lead to a more complicated infection.
Maintaining hand hygiene during an outbreak of this highly contagious virus is also important. Make sure that you wash and dry your hands before touching any part of the patient’s face. If possible, try to use hand sanitizer or disinfect the area where the patient was diagnosed with this highly contagious virus. It is advisable to wash your hands frequently with soap and water to prevent passing this coronavirus on to others.
Another tip for preventing the spread of this deadly virus is to use a face mask when being exposed to individuals who are affected by this disease. Although there are many benefits to wearing a face mask while being exposed to patients with this condition, one of the biggest threats to your health is from direct contact with a patient’s tear ducts. So far, there has been no identified ways by which these tear ducts can transmit this deadly virus, but since face masks can trap the excessive moisture on the face, which can cause its buildup, wearing a face mask can be a big disadvantage. Of course, this doesn’t mean that everyone should be prevented from wearing a face mask at all times; just make sure that you keep yourself away from those suffering from this condition to limit the chances of coming into contact with a patient’s tear ducts.
Although some people believe that face masks can only be used during exercise or strenuous activities, experts have found that they can be used by almost anyone, even at home or work, as long as you know how to properly clean and maintain it. One of the reasons why people are unsure about whether face masks are effective in the fight against this deadly virus is because this type of virus spreads through direct contact. Therefore, wearing face masks while being exposed to patients with this condition is a big risk factor. However, since this type of virus spreads through the air, it isn’t necessarily safe to assume that it is only limited to medical facilities. Therefore, in order to minimize this risk factor, make sure that you clean your face properly after cleaning it during your regular daily routine to minimize the chance of coming into contact with any patients suffering from this deadly disease.
To sum it up, there is still a lot of information regarding the prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of this deadly respiratory virus. However, we have already introduced a few of the main methods and precautions you may consider using to protect yourself from this respiratory virus. These methods include using disposable nitrile gloves, airtight helmets, and masks may even come in the form of disposable nasal masks. Although these may seem like a small change, your life is truly on the line. Therefore, don’t take any chances and always remember to follow all of the instructions handed to you by your doctor.