Advice

Let's promote a mask-wearing culture to lower COVID-19 infections.

Anything that slows the spread of COVID-19 can only be seen as a good thing. Wearing a face mask reduces airborne transmitted viruses from being passed from person-to-person that in turn will lower COVID-19's infection rate.

1. Wear a mask when outside of your home to avoid any lingering airborne virus droplets.

2. N95 masks are better than surgical masks, but anything that prevents breathing in moisture particles with viruses helps.

3. We need hard data that show a direct effect of a strong mask-wearing culture to lower COVID-19 virality. We only have anecdotal research at this point.

4. Going in public without a mask in a pandemic is like riding a motorcycle without a helmet. You don't look cool. People see you and think you don't value your life.

5. Promote research that shows the benefits of wearing masks.

6. Start promoting universal masks-wearing at the local level. Encourage your neighbours, apartment building, and city government to wear masks.

Source : maskssavelives.org

 

How do we stop it?

Self isolate for 14 days if one person in a household has symptoms

Self isolate for 7 days if you live alone and have symptoms

‘Social distancing’ keep at least 2 meters away from others

Work from home and stop unnecessary travel

Don’t have visitors at home

Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when couching or sneezing

Wash hand frequently with soap and water or hand sanitiser.

 

What are the symptoms?

High temperature and New and continuous cough 

It can cause more severe symptoms in those with underlying health conditions

 

For the latest advice search ‘NHS coronavirus’

 

How to Catch Corona Virus

1. Through particles in the air 

Someone breathes out or coughs and the virus is spread in a droplet or aerosol

A single cough can produce 3,000 droplets. You breathe it in and become infected

This is why governments all over the world are asking us to stay 2 meters away from one another to stop the spread

2. A method that scientists are calling Fomite Transmission. The virus particles land on a hard surface or are spread when an infectious person touches it.

Because the person who has this virus is spreading this virus from their nose and throat and they are coughing it out in the air. It means that anything they touch will be covered in the virus – if you come along and then touch the surface you could pick up the virus particles if there are enough of them and you transfer to your face then you could infect yourself

It’s still early days but a team in the US has already run tests on Coronavirus – they found the virus that causes COVID-19 can remain active on some surfaces

Copper – shows traces for up to 4 hours

Cardboard – shows traces up to 24 hrs

Plastic/Stainless Steel – up to 3 days

To mitigate the risk wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds and use alcohol gel which deactivates the virus very efficiently if it has 70% alcohol in it or uses your sleeve or gloves when touching surfaces.