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How Do I Protect Myself Against Coronavirus?

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

The best way to prevent yourself from becoming infected is by staying indoors and avoiding anyone who has been in contact with coronavirus. There is no way of completely preventing yourself from becoming infected in an area that has been infected, as the virus can stay on surfaces for hours, which means that on any trip out of the house you are at risk. However, there are a few steps that you can take to lower the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

How to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus

Measures You Can Take Immediately

American based CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) offer guidance on some quick steps that you can take while out and about to prevent the spread of the virus. These are pretty self-explanatory, but it's important to remember basic hygiene standards as this can be crucial when you're close to an infected person. Key points include:

  1. Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  2. If soap isn't available, use alcohol-based sanitiser
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  4. Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  5. Stay home when you are sick
  6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touches objects and surfaces

What Can I Wear?

The UK Government website includes an online guidance manual for preventing the spread of coronavirus. It is designed to provide healthcare providers with the appropriate methods for preventing the spread of the virus and minimise the risk of infection. They advise that you wear the following products if you are a healthcare worker to prevent the spread:

  1. EN 149 FFP3 approved face mask
  2. Gloves with long, tight-fitting cuffs
  3. Disposable, fluid resistant gowns (single use)
  4. Safety goggles or a face visor
  5. General purpose detergent
  6. Chlorine based disinfectant

Where Can I Buy the Appropriate PPE?

Here at Health and Care, we stock most of the items required to offer adequate protection against the spread of coronavirus. Please note that these products meet Government guidelines for healthcare professionals, however certainly will not eradicate all of the risk of the spread. Below is all the information you need on where to purchase the correct PPE.

Face Masks

Please note that if you do buy a face mask, then the mask you require will be an EN 149 FFP3 Face Mask. You can view our entire range in our Coronavirus Face Masks category. All of the masks in this category are FFP3 Face Masks, meaning that they can filter out viruses, pathogens and bacteria.

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Gloves

For gloves we would recommend selecting EN 455 rated gloves as these are suitable for use in a medical institution. They should also be certified to EN 374-5, as this standard means that they can withstand viruses. For all of our gloves, we would recommend that you take a look at our Coronavirus Gloves category.

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Coveralls

The government recommend that the coveralls that you wear are air-tight, and if you can get coveralls that are Type 3/4/5/6 then its even better. For all of our coveralls, please see our Coronavirus Coveralls category.

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Safety Goggles

Wearing goggles can prevent you from touching your eyes with infected hands, helping to reduce the chance that the virus will enter through your eyes. Wearing goggles can also prevent airborne viruses from reaching your eyes. For all of our goggles, please see our Coronavirus Safety Goggles category.

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Disinfectant

Last on our list is disinfectant. Disinfectant should be used regularly to remove traces of virus from your hands. For our full range, please see our Hand Sanitiser category.

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Follow Expert Advice

Please note that none of the methods above are completely effective at preventing the spread of coronavirus. However, the methods and PPE can reduce the chances of it spreading. For any information on the spread of coronavirus we would recommend that you seek advice from official government guidelines.

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