One of the most effective methods in averting COVID
With the current impact that COVID-19 is having in the world today, everyone is searching for ways to protect themselves. COVID-19 is one of the many diseases that is caused by a family of viruses called Coronaviruses. It can appear as a very mild disease in some individuals while extremely severe in others. In rare cases, the disease can even lead to organ failure and death.
On top of the potential of being extremely debilitating, the disease is also highly contagious. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a single individual who contracts COVID-19 will infect roughly 2 to 2.5 other individuals. This makes it evident just how important personal protective equipment (PPE) is in the prevention of contracting the disease, specifically N95 respirators.
The N95 respirator is the most common of the seven types of particulate filtering facepiece respirators currently on the market. This specific piece of PPE filters out at least 95% of airborne particles potentially inhaled by an individual. Its use is one of the most effective methods in today’s world in averting the virus that causes COVID-19, which is the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But due to the increasing demand of this product, supplies have been limited. So, who should receive priority in obtaining N95 respirators, and why?
The purpose of this article is to inform on why N95 respirators should be reserved for health workers and any individuals on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 disease.