Your Choice of Protective Gear Matters!

COVID-19, more commonly known as the Corona-virus, is causing havoc across the globe, having brought nearly the entire world to a grinding halt. Guidelines issued by the World Health Organization are clear about how the COVID-19 infection spreads. An infectious disease with clear evidence of human-to-human transmission, it is spread primarily through respiratory droplets that are expelled when people cough, sneeze or exhale. It is communicable from the infected/carriers via touch or by touching contaminated surfaces/objects and then touching your mouth or face. Common symptoms of the disease are confusing, highly similar to those associated with the flu, including fever, tiredness and dry cough. Most people experience mild respiratory distress but the elderly are more susceptible and can become seriously ill, often needing critical care. Similarly people with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk. While the world grapples to contain the spread of this disease, global healthcare organisations have issued clarity about the safety measures everyone should adopt to keep the infection away.

Basic Preventive Measures

Surprisingly, the precautions recommended to keep away the Corona infection are easy-to-follow and are aligned along maintaining more-than-average sanitation, irrespective of your environment. Some of these include:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Rather than depending solely on sanitisers, use soap and water.
  • Try to limit your outdoor movement. Staying indoors can prevent the spread.
  • Alcohol-based hand rubs are a smart option when washing hands is not possible.

One Step Ahead: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

With the problem gaining pandemic proportions, some populations, in regions with more susceptibility might need to use protective gear. PPE options are designed to safeguard the health of hospital staff, sanitation workers, law-enforcement officers, and for the public in general to prevent the spread of any communicable disease, like the novel Corona-virus, Ebola, and others. PPE acts as a barrier between infectious viral and bacterial contaminants and your skin, mouth, nose, or eyes. The barrier has the potential to block transmission of contaminants from blood, body fluids, or respiratory secretions. Effective use of PPE includes properly removing and disposing of contaminated PPE to prevent exposing both the wearer and other people to infection.

Here are some components of PPE which can be used to minimise exposure to a biological agent

Masks

Respiratory viruses, like the corona virus, target upper and lower respiratory tracts. Human infection can be prevented by blocking and protecting the respiratory passage. Protective masks act as a shield against aerosol/droplets and airborne infections. It is essential that they are disposed with utmost care and only in close-lid dustbins. There are mainly two types of masks:

  • Triple-layer Medical Mask: A disposable mask with fluid-resistant properties, this mask provides protection against viral contamination via coughing, sneezing or talking.
  • N-95 Respirator Mask: This medical equipment has high filtration efficiency. With a very close facial fit, it exceeds the filtration capacity of average medical-grade masks. An N95 mask protects against the smallest particles floating in the air, such as viruses that cause tuberculosis, measles, chickenpox, or the corona viral infection.

Gloves

Maintaining social isolation isn’t always an option. There will be instances of touching surfaces or objects handled by someone else. This is why latex gloves can help. They create a barrier between the virus and user. Non-powdered gloves are preferred to powdered gloves.

Coveralls/Gowns

Gowns have the ability to withstand penetration of blood or body fluids and protect the torso from exposure to biological agents. Providing 360-degree protection, isolation gowns and procedure gowns are recommended for medical personnel and might be recommended for those being put through intensive screening to rule-out an infection.

Protective gear is perhaps the key to prevent viral infections

Viral infections are hard to contain and seldom have a simple pathology or the assurance of a quick recovery. While India is neck-deep into fighting away the Corona scare, the season for aggressively spreading viral infections, like Chikungunya, Zika Dengue, and Malaria, is around the corner. Again, the best way to counter these viral infections is protecting yourself and your family—protective wear and accessories can really help. You just need to make smarter choices. All protection wear options don’t serve the same purpose. While some might protect against extreme weather, others might have flame-retardant properties. For fighting mosquito-borne viral infections, you need to consider clothing that has inherent mosquito-repelling ability. This is why BugShield Clothing is gaining popularity among parents. This insect-repelling clothing ensures that everyday clothes have inbuilt insect-repelling properties, lasting up to 70 laundry cycles.