The rise of Coronavirus – Are you protecting yourself with the correct FFP3 Respirator mask?

Challenges to Breathing Health Are Critical

We are currently gripped by a huge national and global challenge regarding breathing health. 

The critical nature is via two fronts, firstly a pandemic and potentially global viral infection in the Coronavirus known to spread via airbourne particles is rapidly carving a path through China and now initial first case reports are surfacing of Positive tests for Coronavirus in London and York in the UK.

With globalisation of transport, air travel and employee movement this virus has an active carrier network in people and is threatening to reach every corner of the world. 

As the Coronavirus is linked genetically to the most lethal respiratory family strain of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). Personnel protection has never been more important when living and working within large population centres.

Read the article from the World Health Organisation regarding the Coronavirus

 The article provides clear advice on how to take preventative measures to protect yourself and reduce the risk of infection.

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Three key elements of the World Health Organisation report are:

If you experience feeling unwell 

  1. If you become unwell and develop respiratory difficulties quarantine yourself and seek immediate medical attention.

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Protect your breathing

2. Protect yourself with an accredited breathing respirator. The highest grade valved respirator mask you can purchase is called FFP3. An FFP3 mask such as the 3M Respirator FFP3 , is used in all high level medical and occupational circumstances to block harmful airbourne particles.

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View the NHS England view on FFP3 respirators here.

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Ensure you avoid transmitting germs

3. The World Health Organisation advises that a key element of stopping a virus is to ensure hands are clean and free from harmful germs or bacteria. You must use an alcohol based wipe or cleaner to ensure 99% effective killing of germs such as Prosolve Handwipes which are used by Emergency Personnel in the UK.

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This is especially important if you have recently:

  • coughed or sneezed
  • you are caring for the sick
  • before, during or after you prepare food
  • before eating
  • after toilet use
  • when hands are dirty
  • after handling animals or animal waste

View the World Health Organisation Advice Download here for viral and bacteria protection for the Coronavirus.

 

Myth Busting the Corona Virus 

 

Can pets at home spread the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.

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Does the new coronavirus affect older people, or are younger people also susceptible?

People of all ages can be infected by the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Older people, and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease) appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. 

WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene.

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Are antibiotics effective in preventing and treating the new coronavirus?

No, antibiotics do not work against viruses, only bacteria.

The new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.

However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible.

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Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new coronavirus?

To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

However, those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care. Some specific treatments are under investigation, and will be tested through clinical trials. WHO is helping to accelerate research and development efforts with a range or partners

Key Emergency Coronavirus Information

Due to the current World status as of January 2020 we would like to provide a receptacle of links to aid people concerned about respiratory conditions or bacterial infections. This links are to leading world organisations but Ultrimax provides them as a guide only and is not responsible for actions taken based on this advice.

Coronavirus Library

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World Health Advice on choosing a respirator mask

World Health Organisation Respiratory Advice

Daily situation reports of Coronavirus infections and areas affected

NHS Report for adequate Respirators

Media Press Conferences alerting the public about Coronavirus updates

Daily Travel Advice – Cornonavirus Outbreak

FFP3 Masks

FFP2 Masks

Emergency Use Alcohol Hand Wipes

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The Second Breathing Challenge 

Viral outbreaks like the Coronavirus provide immediate and critical health risks which are well documented and receive global attention. A situation just as serious however and often under reported occurs everyday. 

Millions of people go to work everyday in the paint shop industry exposing themselves to harmful airbourne particles by not wearing the correct respirators. 

 

Choosing a paint spray respirator – where do you start?

Safety is of upmost importance in the workplace, so choosing the right spray mask is key.  Below are a few key points to look for when selecting a paint respirator.

  • NIOSH approved: Safety ratings can go a long way.  If it is NIOSH approved, then you know it is one of the top notch safety rated devices.
  • Comfort: The comfort level of the respirator is especially important if you’re going to be wearing it for some time.  It should be lightweight and seem like you’re not wearing it at all.
  • Reusable: If it is reusable, you need to know for how long and if there are any maintenance steps involved.
  • Filtering Capacity: The amount that it filters is a big consideration.  Obviously, the more it filters, the better off you are.
  • What it Filters: Some respirators can do much more than filter paint fumes, and if you are working with other things such as dusts, mists and other particles, then you want to protect yourself against these things, as well.
  • Size: A mask must fit properly to ensure complete protection.  It should have a tight seal around the nose and mouth to prevent leakage.

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For more information on our industrial respirators and dust masks, visit https://www.ultrimaxstore.com/respiratory-protection-c-29

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Key Emergency Coronavirus Information

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Due to the current World status as of January 2020 we would like to provide a receptacle of links to aid people concerned about respiratory conditions or bacterial infections. This links are to leading world organisations but Ultrimax provides them as a guide only and is not responsible for actions taken based on this advice.

Coronavirus Library

World Health Advice on choosing a respirator mask

World Health Organisation Respiratory Advice

Daily situation reports of Coronavirus infections and areas affected

NHS Report for adequate Respirators

Media Press Conferences alerting the public about Coronavirus updates

Daily Travel Advice – Cornonavirus Outbreak

FFP3 Masks

FFP2 Masks

Emergency Use Alcohol Hand Wipes

 

For advice on respirators and alcohol wipes please contact us 

 

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