The Covid-19 pandemic has literally changed the world. In a matter of months, its spread has devastated the U.S. economy, infected millions, and cost a frightening number of lives. If you have remained at your workplace, or will be returning soon, a few simple precautions can drastically reduce your exposure and chances of infection.
Perhaps the most elementary and effective piece of personal protection equipment Washington in the fight against Covid-19 is a simple face mask. Medical professionals and frontline healthcare workers can and should use the most powerful form of surgical mask, the N95. For people in situations with an average level of risk, however, a disposable or cloth mask is remarkably effective at preventing transmission both to and from your nose and mouth.
Our eyes are susceptible to airborne germs as they are both orifices and contain liquid. Wraparound goggles can do a nice job of sealing in your eyes, and many are designed with anti-fog technology, so you can see properly when wearing them in conjunction with a mask. Face shields can help prevent ocular transmissions, but it is critical that a mask is worn with them. They cover the eyes, but do not provide an effective seal around the mouth and nose.
A Note About Gloves
Many people think that latex surgical gloves are an important tool to fight Covid-19. Something very crucial must be understood about them: gloves do not kill the disease, and if you are touching multiple surfaces, you may actually cross-contaminate and spread Covid-19 if one of them is infected. Unless you are a medical professional who touches others, focus on handwashing, and leave the gloves at home.
It will take diligence from all of us to defeat Covid-19. Thankfully, these steps are simple and inexpensive. Make them a part of your day-to-day public life, and we’ll all be a little closer to returning to normalcy.