Coronavirus: COVID-19, To Wear A Mask, That Is The Question

Coronavirus: COVID-19, To Wear A Mask, That Is The Question
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The Rapid Spread of Coronavirus

It is no secret that the Coronavirus is highly infectious. The rate at which the virus has spread around the world and infected populations have taken nearly everyone by surprise. The most as risk are of the course, the older generation, or those with pre-existing health issues. If you are reading this, there is every chance you fall into older generation category as the Full Range Camping membership and audience is more likely the grey nomads or older travellers. It is with this information that we are actively finding reported facts by the Government and Media and updating our audience who might be at high risk.

The experts in the USA have received new information, CDC (Centre for disease control), and WHO (World Health Organisation) concerning the transmission of the Coronavirus COVID-19 virus. The below video is extremely informative on how microdroplets are expelled by simply sneezing, coughing, talking, or even breathing and can be suspended in the air for more extended periods than was previously believed.

In light of the rate of infection that is occurring overseas with the virus, it appears that the transmission of the virus is quite possible, through its airborne presence.

This claim was backed by Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the US National Institutes of Health, cited “recent information that the virus can be spread even when people just speak as opposed to coughing and sneezing”.

It was initially believed, that virus was transmitted by people touching surfaces or objects where the virus was. Or by people coughing or sneezing on or near others.

However, information has now been passed on, that airborne droplets can last in the air for up to 20 minutes. Authorities are now receiving data that the virus can spread through people simply talking or breathing.

Overseas authorities, lately in the USA, Germany & France, are encouraging people to cover their nose and mouth when out in public. The WHO (World Health Organisation is also reviewing its advice on wearing masks, but they are worried that advising people to wear masks could provide a false sense of security, that could lead to people relaxing their protocols of hand washing and social distancing.

To date, at the time of this article, Professor Paul Kelly, Deputy Chief Health Officer in Australia, told reporters, that the Australian Government officials have recommended, there is no need for healthy Australians to wear face masks.

The media and international governments are scrambling to provide PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for their frontline medical staff. The USA seems to be in dire need of masks to protect hospitals, doctors and nurses. One of the major concerns in a public announcement for people to wear masks is that very well could be panic buying and hoarding, which in turn, would diminish already limited stocks of medical-grade masks for health care workers.

The Risks

The media and international governments are scrambling to provide PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) for their frontline medical staff. The USA seems to be in dire need of masks to protect hospitals, doctors and nurses. One of the major concerns in a public announcement for people to wear masks is that very well could be panic buying and hoarding, which in turn, would diminish already limited stocks of medical-grade masks for health care workers.

There is also the concern that people may not fit the devices correctly, and they could still become infected anyway. Professor Paul Kelly also suggested, wearing a mask could increase the likelihood of contracting the virus.

We know that there is a social norm in Australia, not to cover our faces while in public. A habit that a lot of the Asian countries now accept as a normal trait. Countries like Singapore, Taiwan, and North Korea have some of the lowest rates of infection in the world and adopt facial coverage religiously while in public.
Things might be changing here in Australia very soon.

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