International China confirms aerosol spread of Covid-19, frontline medical workers need to wear...

China confirms aerosol spread of Covid-19, frontline medical workers need to wear right masks

At risk: Those exposed to high concentrations of droplets in the air in a relatively closed environment for a sustained period of time

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Singapore — The health authorities in China have found that Covid-19 can be spread through the air, or aerosol transmission, in cases where an individual is exposed to high concentrations of droplets in the air in a relatively closed environment for a sustained period of time.

This is why front line medical workers need to wear the right masks.

This finding was announced on Wednesday (Feb 19).

- Advertisement -

The number of infected medical personnel in China bears witness to the new findings: 1,716 medical workers had been infected with Covid-19 as of Feb 14. Six have died from the disease.

As a mask is necessary in such an environment, definitely in a hospital taking in Covid-19 patients, the question is what type of mask offers the best protection.

Read related: S’pore to develop local manufacturing capabilities to produce face masks

According to Professor Joseph Kwan of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, respirators, commonly known as N95 masks, which fit the wearer’s face snugly and have built-in filters, provide far better protection than surgical masks.

“Respirators are designed to protect the user, because they want to keep the contaminants out,” he said, while surgical masks, “actually in the healthcare environment are meant to protect the patients”.

N95 respirator masks are now worn by all the medical staff after a trial at the Zhongnan Hospital in China. Since this was implemented, there have been no new cases of Covid-19 from among them/TISG

S’pore to develop local manufacturing capabilities to produce face masks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

National reserves: Whatever their strategic value, Singaporeans have right to know how they are managed

  The ruling People’s Action Party is weaponising knowledge of the exact amount of Singapore’s national reserves as a way of helping it stay in power. That’s unacceptable. It does not have such an in perpetuity right. One of the debates in...

Jolin Tsai’s perky butt got the internet abuzz

Taipei -- Mandopop diva Jolin Tsai isn't shy of flaunting her figure in all kinds of sexy and revealing outfits and her fans are just lapping it up. The 40-year-old singer uploaded a couple of photos from her trip to Yangmingshan...

Man attacks teen, calls him a virus, damages his phone

Singapore—A sudden attack took a teen by surprise when one man started yelling at him, physically harming him, and throwing his phone into a nearby drain at around 10.30pm on Tuesday (Feb 23) on a section of the road near the...

Send in your scoop to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent