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Do hand sanitisers and facemasks even protect you from the coronavirus?

Do hand sanitisers and facemasks even protect you from the coronavirus?

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been a very difficult disease to understand and combat against. Between potentially false reports of the number of people infected to hearsay about masks being useless to wear and shunning every coughing individual near us, it’s not easy to understand how to protect ourselves.

With that in mind, we want to clear up a few very important things when it comes to protecting ourselves with hand sanitisers and facemasks from the coronavirus. According to the WHO, alcohol-based hand sanitisers will reduce the number of germs and bacteria on your hands but will not replace proper hand-washing with water and soap. Facemasks, on the other hand, will help reduce the risk of infecting others.  As we have mentioned in our previous article, the fear of the coronavirus has been exacerbated as time has gone on. Coronavirus hysteria is commonplace. A common reaction has led people to buy any and all masks from their local chemist and online. In this article, we want to talk about some of the more relevant facts about COVID-2019 as well as providing you with our updated and recommended tips for managing your health during this period.


No need for masks?

As of writing, according to ABC News, there is no need to wear a face mask. The reason for this is that the actual reported number of infections in Australia is still incredibly small. That being said, the Australian government has advised that anyone in the healthcare sector who is interacting with sick individuals on a regular basis should have a mask to protect themselves.

Our opinion on the matter is that if you would like to buy a mask, such as our P2 Masks, then you are welcome to do so. We state that the best outcome of purchasing a mask is peace of mind. We realise that this may sound whimsical and flimsy but the reality is that these masks are not a silver bullet to the risk of infection.  

Generally speaking, for those that are sick then they should most definitely wear a mask. But for those that are within major cities, there is no great need to wear masks.


Is Coronavirus contagious?

As of seven days ago in Australia, there are now 8 cases of coronavirus infection. This number is incredibly low when considering the vast population of Australia.

That being said, when research was being initially conducted on the coronavirus it was stated that it was more infectious than SARS. When SARS was becoming more contagious it took a total of 8 months to develop whereas coronavirus has taken 9 weeks.

However, chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, has stated that there is “no community transmission” of the virus as of yet. As such, whilst there is a general fear that the coronavirus is spreading quickly, the actual cases of the virus are still small. That being said we understand that this is a stressful period and there are effective ways of reducing human to human contact of the coronavirus.


What is the best prevention against the Coronavirus?

At the time of writing, there is no vaccine or cure for coronavirus. The best approach to managing your risk of infection is to think about sensible hygiene.

From basic principles of washing your hands to covering your face when you sneeze or cough, it’s important to follow these basic rules in order to be disciplined in reducing the risk of infection. To assist in that, we have Aqium Hand Sanitisers that are ideal for helping to reduce viral infections. Our 1 L Antibacterial hand sanitisers are 70% alcohol-based  designed to eliminate germs and bacteria from your hands.

And on that note, remember that hands and mouths are very common areas for risk of infection so keep these areas clean, protected and away from potential sites of infection.


As we have stated in our previous article, the most important thing to do during this period, besides being vigilant for any and all coronavirus updates, is to be mindful of your hygiene. Instead of being scared of the hysteria, manage yourself and do what you need to do in order to stay safe, healthy and sane during this highly insane period.

Disclaimer: the information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Bettercaremarket uses reasonable endeavours to check the accuracy of the information provided however no we can not guarantee it is without error.

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