Tools and Equipment for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Should you wear a face mask? Should you wear a face shield? Do you have to use an N95 respirator? Should you be using hand sanitizer every chance you get? As governments continue to add and remove new health safety guidelines, these questions still remain unanswered for the general public.

Let’s take a look at the variety of protective equipment and tools we can use to slow the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe so you can decide which ones you really need.

Surgical face masks

Surgical face masks are a form of personal protective equipment that fits loosely around the nose and mouth, shielding you from any acutely-released body fluids such as droplets from sneezes or coughs. These body fluids may contain viral particles, so this makes surgical face masks one of the best ways to protect infected wearers from infecting other people.

They are disposable, cannot be sanitized, and should not be used more than once.

Cloth masks/ cloth coverings

Cloth face coverings have been recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a preventative measure then going out in a public setting. They provide similar protection to surgical masks, in that they are intended to shield other people from you.

They, however, along with surgical face masks, only filter a minuscule amount of particles from the air, so they shouldn’t be worn as a way to protect the wearer from the outside world.

N-95 respirators

Medical-grade, seal-tested respirator masks are the most effective form of protection you can get. They feature tangled fibers that allow them to filter pathogens from the air you’re breathing in, and they fit very close to the face, covering the edges around the mouth and nose.

In times of critical supply, they should only be used by medical personnel and people who are at high risk of virus exposure. However, with the production of N95 skyrocketing worldwide, the general public can now access these masks.

This means one of the most effective forms of protective equipment you can get could soon be accessible to anyone, making it a good choice for those who want to stay safe and healthy.

Face shields

Face shields are a piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) that aims to protect the wearer’s face from incoming hazards, including viral particles in the air.

In the context of disease prevention, face shields give us a barrier that shields us against acutely-released aerosols of body fluids. They are a great option for protecting yourself from the outside world, but little research has been done that displays their effectiveness in protecting the outside world from the wearer.

Medical-grade face shields designed for healthcare professionals provide the wearer with a high degree of protection when compared to regular face masks. However, they do not provide the same degree of protection as medical-grade respirators such as N95.

They are a great option for people working in the service industry in locations where governments are starting to loosen their protective measures. Studies average their efficiency in protecting the wearer from viruses and bacteria in the air to about 95 percent.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Alcohol-based sanitizers with between 60 and 95 percent alcohol content are not only effective at killing many types of bacteria, but they can also protect you from viruses such as influenza and the novel coronavirus.

Alcohol-based sanitizers are great for carrying around at work or in social settings, but they should not serve as a replacement for regular hygiene.

Washing your hands with warm water and soap remains the best way to sanitize your hands and get rid of harmful viruses and bacteria. Hand sanitizers will just provide you with a more convenient option to stay clean in situations where warm water and soap are not available.

Nitrile gloves.

Another form of personal protective equipment that has gotten very famous throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are nitrile gloves. In some places, there was even a shortage of them.

Nitrile gloves are a form of PPE that offers a great degree of protection against the virus. This is because one of the driving factors of the spread of the pandemic is the fact that you can not only get the virus when someone coughs or sneezes around you, but also when you touch a surface exposed to a pathogen.

Then, if you touch your mouth, your eyes, or any part of your face, you can easily become exposed to the virus. That’s why it’s important to wear a face shield so you can prevent yourself from touching your face.

Nitrile gloves provide you with that extra degree of protection for your hands, especially if you’re at a job that has you risking exposure to harmful surfaces.

Where to buy protective equipment?

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If you’re looking to buy N-95 respirator face masks:

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If you’re looking to buy alcohol-based hand sanitizers:

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If you’re looking to buy nitrile gloves for yourself and your family:

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