Monday, March 16, 2020

COVID-19: How it's transmitted; what I'm doing about it.

There is so much misinformation regarding the transmission of COVID-19 that I decided to share what I've found on reliable sites and what I am doing about it.

The main route of transmission for COVID-19

Like the flu, COVID-19 is spread primarily via respiratory droplets—little blobs of liquid released as someone coughs, sneezes, or talks. Viruses contained in these droplets can infect other people via the eyes, nose, or mouth—either when they land directly on somebody’s face or when they’re transferred there by people touching their face with contaminated hands.
Because respiratory droplets are too heavy to remain suspended in the air, direct person-to-person transmission normally only happens when people are in close contact—within about six feet of each other, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It could also occur in a medical setting, if someone has to handle respiratory secretions such as saliva or mucus from an infected person. 
 (Taken from The Scientist Magazine, Article: How COVID-19 Is Spread by Catherine Offord, see link to this article at the end of this post)


Close-range aerosol transmission


Underlying the CDC and WHO statements about transmission is this: Inhalation of particles near the source may be an important mode of transmission.
(Taken from CIDRAP Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, COMMENTARY: COVID-19 transmission messages should hinge on science, by Lisa Brosseau, ScD, see link to this article at the end of this post.
**NOTE: both the articles where these snippets come from are worth reading.

DOES WEARING A SURGICAL MASK HELP?

According to the CDC wearing a surgical mask is not that helpful.

Yet, is that correct? Can a mask help?

Let's look at how these masks work. A surgical mask prevents the wearer from sending forth spittle (when speaking), sprays from sneezing and coughing, and stops the wearer from directly touching their nose and mouth area - instead the wearer is touching the mask.

People NOT wearing a mask are exposed to spittle, sprays from sneezing and coughing, and will touch their face without knowing it.

Right there it seems to me the mask is certainly a helpful tool in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

WHAT I'M DOING AT WORK:

I'm an esthetician, I provide manicures, pedicures, waxing services, and facials. I work alone, I have no staff. I see one client at a time with one hour between each booking for cleaning and preparation duties.

I will now be wearing surgical masks at work, and following all the necessary protocol for my safety and that of my clients.

I'm on top of my sanitation and disinfection practices using Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide products to clean implements and wipe surfaces. I only use hospital grade disinfectants in my studio.

When a client arrives they will now be directed to a client-specific sink to wash their hands.

Because of my sanitization and disinfection practices it will be business as usual as I exceed even the most stringent requirements in this area.

Anything the client touches is wiped - and everything I handle is wiped as well. You can't get more thorough then what I do. I've always been about going the distance when it comes to sanitizing and disinfecting my studio. My clients know this and trust I will continue to follow my cleaning protocols.

Should it come to a point where health officials shut down the beauty industry I will comply. Until then, I hope to continue providing quality services to my clients in a safe environment.


WHAT I'M DOING AT HOME and WHEN SHOPPING:

As with my studio I take cleaning and hygiene serious in my home. When at home I am now keeping to myself, not entertaining, nor going out. The less exposure to others the better.

For outings that take me to public places (public transportation, grocery stores) I now wear the N95V respiratory mask for added protection against inhalation and airborne spores. I now use latex gloves when on the bus for holding railings and pressing the door bars, as well as for pushing grocery carts and the like... if I need to touch it I have gloves on. (I've always worn gloves on the bus, but now have stepped it up to latex gloves and face masks.)

To avoid cross-contamination I remove my gloves when I've finished the task they were put on for and discard them.

YOUR TAKEAWAY FROM THIS POST:

Pay attention to what your hands are doing - what are you touching? 
Remember, your nose and mouth are the portals for this virus - protect them.


Links worth checking out:

University of Minnesota CIDRAP (Centre for Infectious Disease Research and Policy)
COMMENTARY: COVID-19 transmission messages should hinge on science

The Scientist: How COVID-19 is Spread

Be well and stay safe,
Jenny 


5 comments:

  1. Hey Jenny. Here's to staying safe and well.

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  2. Well done Jenny - good to have a sensible post with some wise ideas - thank you ... cheers Hilary

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.