In the past weeks, Victoria has had an outbreak of coronavirus cases. The second wave of coronavirus has hit the state hard with over 1,700 new cases in the past two weaks and is spreading rapidly. Instead of inciting panic about the spread of the disease, we want to talk about the facts of the coronavirus and provide practical suggestions for how you can manage your health to reduce your vulnerability to infection.
And just as Australia thought it contained the Covid-19 virus, we now have a second wave of coronavirus in the country with the main outbreak in Victoria. Fortunately, for those of us living in Australia, some of the preventative measures for the bushfire smoke can still be used to help prevent coronavirus infection. One of the solutions is a N95 mask, also known as the P2 mask.
What is the coronavirus?
The novel coronavirus, known as Covid-19, is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronavirus is a large group of viruses that causes illness such as the common flu and respiratory infections. It is a pneumonia-like disease that is found in animals (f.i. cattle and pets).
Whilst the disease has been compared to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) research is still being conducted to find out more information about this virus like the characteristics, the spreading from human-to-human or the treatment.
According to the latest news, Covid-19 has resulted in over 570,000 deaths out of over 13 million cases who have contracted the virus.
Where did the coronavirus outbreak start?
It appears to have originated from Huanan’s Seafood market in Wuhan, China a city with a population of more than 11 million people. Although the disease usually starts with animals, it can jump to humans.
It has been determined that humans can also transmit the virus to one another.
How fast is the virus spreading?
Alongside Wuhan, the coronavirus has spread throughout China as well as globally to more than 17 other countries in less than one month.
What are the of the symptoms of the coronavirus?
According to virologists, the coronavirus is able to spread between humans. The only noticeable signs and symptoms of the coronavirus are that they begin with:
- a general feeling of unwellness,
- traditional flu like symptoms of fever, a headache, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath and a dry cough
- mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illness
- inflammation of the lungs such as pneumonia
The virus is most lethal to the elderly who might already suffer from upper respiratory conditions or those that have weakened immune systems.
How to protect yourself from the coronavirus? Is there a treatment for the coronavirus?
While there is not, at the time or writing, a specific cure or treatment for the coronavirus, there are preventative measures to help protect yourself and your loved ones from contracting the disease. In regard to some actions you can take, The World Health Organisation advises the following:
- Avoid traveling to affected area’s if it is not essential
- Wash your hands regularly with soap or alcohol-based sanitiser
- Avoid contact with anyone with flu-like or cold symptoms
- Cook meat and eggs thoroughly
- Avoid contact with life stock or farm animals (like chicken)
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
Whilst these methods may seem traditional, they are the best practices to avoid infection from the coronavirus until further studies and reports have been made.
Wear a protective N95 mask
If you are traveling to Victoria, we would definitely recommend you wearing a virus protection face mask to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.
Try the Dr. Hoffmann’s Mask which is designed to protect against viruses, pathogens and bacteria’s, in particular the “splash” of a sneeze or a cough or any mouth-to-hand transmissions. The special filters used in the masks are made by pattented woven copper mesh that reduces the risk of the harmful particles in viruses and bacteria entering your lungs. The reusable N95 mask is washable and can be used for 2 months. A replacement filter set is available as well.
Whilst these face masks are not a silver bullet solution for prevention or infection, but they are a perfect preventative measure.
Otherwise, it's best to keep an eye on the news to the ground to hear about any developments. It is best to be vigilant and mindful of the potential risks of the virus.
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.