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This is a Guide to buying masks and personal protection items. On television, in newspapers and on the Internet they talk about the new "emergency" of the virus originating from China. Let’s clarify without alarmism but with criteria. How and when to protect ourselves from the coronavirus, which masks to buy and with which features. Disposable items are useful but must be known to use and choose.
What is coronavirus and where does it come fromCorona virus (CoV) is part of the family of viruses responsible for respiratory diseases and these range from normal cold to more serious and complex syndromes. The new strain, which initially spread from the city of Wuhan in the province of Hubei in China, is new and has never been studied. The major research centers in the world are mobilizing to find drugs and vaccines that can block or at least reduce the transmission speed and therefore exclude the pandemic.
Coronaviruses are called zoonotics, as they are transmitted between animals and people. The worrying part is that the virus has undergone a mutation (the causes are still to be defined) and therefore the transmission takes place from person to person. Numerous known coronaviruses circulate in animals that have not yet infected humans.
How to prevent Coronavirus infection (2019-nCoV) – WHO recommendations – World Health OrganizationBeing a virus that is spreading extremely fast and its existence was not known, there is currently no vaccine to prevent the 2019-nCoV infection. The best way not to get infected is therefore to protect yourself, both by avoiding the places where the virus is likely to be present and by using passive tools such as disposable masks. There are also simple daily actions that allow you to limit the possibility of contagion:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Stay home when you’re sick. • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or face mask, which will then be replaced. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. What masks to buy and how to read the codes.As specified above, the purchase of a respiratory protective face mask reduces the possibility of contagion. However, you must purchase the correct product with the specific protection for viruses and pathogens, otherwise the use will be absolutely useless.Below we explain what the codes mean and how you have to choose the suitable mask.
We have already abundantly described how to protect the respiratory tract and what PPE (personal protective equipment) exists on the market. Find our article on protection and regulations at this link.DUST FILTERING FACIALS (EN 149)