Prevents Corona Virus

Since the outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the Corona virus has continued to be a conversation among the people. Many people are worried about being infected with a deadly virus called COVID-19.

Transmission of the Corona virus is very fast. In a span of 2 months, the COVID-19 virus has spread to 28 countries, infecting more than 40,000 people and killing more than 1,000 people in China. This makes a lot of people panic so that they misunderstand information and are consumed by hoaks.

In a health seminar held by the Eijkman Molecular Biology Institute in Jakarta, Kompas senior journalist Ahmad Arif assessed that the application of risk communication that combines elements of speed and accuracy is very important in preventing transmission of the Corona virus.

“The social and economic impact caused by the spread of misinformation can be more severe than the spread of the virus itself. Therefore, we must control the chaos and information that develops in the community, so that it does not become a new disaster,” Arif said.

According to Arif, the government, research institutions, and authorities must be able to communicate risks based on science to foster public confidence. The aim is that the public can be more alert, prepare themselves, and reduce the impact caused by the Corona virus.

“People need an explanation not only by bureaucrats, but also scientific explanations by experts. Scientists and governments must be present to fill the information vacuum. If it is not filled in, it can later provide space for the hoaks, “said the disaster journalism expert.

Mask Options for Corona Virus

Lately, people are increasingly busy looking for masks to protect themselves from the Corona virus. However, the large selection of masks on the market can make you confused. To choose a mask, you need to understand the function of each mask first. Check out the following article for an explanation.

Currently, using a mask is recommended for people who are traveling to anticipate the transmission of the Corona virus. This virus is found in the saliva splashing of a sick person when he sneezes, coughs, or even while talking. Transmission occurs when saliva splashes inhaled by other people around.

Mask Options for Corona Virus

The types of masks are very diverse. There are masks that are useful for pollution but can not ward off the transmission of Corona virus, and vice versa. Until now, there are 2 types of masks for the Corona virus that are recommended to the public:
Surgical mask

Surgical mask or surgical mask is a type of disposable mask that is easily found and is often used by medical personnel when on duty. Surgical masks can be an option to ward off the Corona virus because it has a layer that is able to dispel sparks of saliva from other people entering your respiratory tract.

Most surgical masks consist of 3 layers that have different functions, namely:

  • The outer layer, which is waterproof
  • Middle layer, which functions as a germ filter
  • Inner layer, which is useful for absorbing fluid coming out of the mouth.

You are not recommended to use a mask without these three functions because it is not effective in preventing infectious diseases, such as Corona virus infection.

Surgical masks can be obtained at low prices. Plus, this mask is also commonly used for everyday use. However, this mask is a bit loose when used, thus allowing small particles or air to enter through the side edges of the mask.

N95 mask

N95 masks are also recommended to prevent transmission of the Corona virus. Masks that tend to be more expensive than surgical masks are not only able to dispel sprinkling of saliva, but also small particles in the air that may contain viruses.

Compared to surgical masks, the N95 mask feels tighter on the face because it has been designed to fit the nose and mouth of an adult. In children, the use of this mask is not recommended because the size of the mask can be too large so it cannot provide enough protection.

Although the protection is better, the N95 mask is not recommended for everyday use. This is due to the design that makes people who use it can be difficult to breathe, hot, and not comfortable wearing it in a rather long period of time.

How to use the correct mask

Surgical masks and N95 masks can be used to prevent exposure to the Corona virus. However, the benefits of both masks will only be effective if you use them properly.

The following is a guide to using a mask for the correct Corona virus:

  • Make sure you wash your hands properly.
  • If you use a surgical mask, make sure the outside is green and the inside is white.
  • Put on the mask strap well. If the mask string needs to be tied, tie the top first, then the bottom.
  • Make sure the mask covers the nose, mouth and chin perfectly. Also make sure the metal part is in the bridge of the nose.
  • Bend the metal strip following the curve of the nose so that there are no holes left.
  • Avoid touching the middle of the mask when using and removing the mask.
  • Dispose of the mask in the trash and wash your hands thoroughly after using the mask.

Using a mask for the Corona virus is effective in preventing transmission. Whatever type of mask, you must understand how to use it appropriately. In addition, hand washing is as important as wearing a mask. Always wash your hands after every action or touch, especially in public places.

Besides all that, maintaining health and endurance is equally important. If you have recently traveled to China or other countries that have contracted Corona virus infection, you should see a doctor for a health check-up, especially if you experience symptoms of cough, runny nose, fever, and shortness of breath.