CORONAVIRUS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Due to the potential threat of the coronavirus reaching the UK we have seen increased demand for, in particular, disposable respiratory masks.
We thought it was important to provide you with more information about the virus, how it is transmitted and how you can protect yourself should the need arise.
About the coronavirus
The coronavirus is actually a family of viruses which includes the common cold, SARS and MERS. The current outbreak in China, which you have likey read about, is a new virus which has been temporarily named “2019-nCoV”.
Symptoms are similar to a cold or the flu and include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and possibly death.
How is it spread?
Like most coronaviruses, 2019-nCoV is spread between humans via close contact with those infected, though respiratory droplets produced by coughing and similar symptoms, and from contact with infected surfaces.
How to protect yourself
The World Health Organisation recommends the following to protect yourself from contracting the coronavirus:
- Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
- Wash hands frequently, especially after direct contract with those suffering the above
- Wear personal protective equipment such as disposable face masks and disposable gloves if you’re likely to come into contact with anyone suffering respiratory illnesses
Because of the way the virus is transmitted, the recommended protection is respiratory masks with an FFP2 or FFP3 rating and disposable latex or nitrile gloves.
If you require any further information about the coronavirus, please contact your local health authority or check the World Health Organisation website.