No, N95 Mask will not protect you against MERS-CoV

No, N95 Mask will not protect you against MERS-CoV

It was a common question about the N95 mask mechanism in the management of patient with MERS-CoV or what used to be called new coronavirus infection my answer was clear No, N95 Mask will not protect you against MERS-CoV so why?

No, N95 Mask will not protect you against MERS-CoV

No, N95 Mask will not protect you against MERS-CoV

 

 

 

We all know that the MERS-CoVis one of Coronaviruses that considered a sixth Coronavirus type that was announced by Egyptian Virologist Prof. Ali Zaki in Jeddah September 2012 for patient who has combined renal and respiratory failure and from that date new cases are discovered worldwide affecting many countries you can visit the post of MERS-CoV counter and review the numbers.

The virus spreading via two main routes the first one which is usually overlooked is the contact mood of transmission and the other one is the droplet unless start Aerosol Generating Procedures it becomes Airborne, so mask is one of the protective attires not all protective measures people considering mask as the sole personal protective equipment  that needed while dealing with the patient identified under MERS-CoV case definition even a clear guidelines about the Infection prevention and control measures to avoid the spreading of MERS-CoV.

It is better to initiate airborne isolation precautions for patient suspected or confirmed with MERS-CoV plus other types of isolation precautions of applying contact precautions for the patient, I mean the patient will be placed in a negative pressure air room AIIR with unique air movement, HEPA filter and the health care worker will use respirator or N95 mask which is a much need to be FDA approved mask plus observing the contact isolation I mean a complete barrier of personal protective equipment need to be used while inside the patient room e.g. gown , gloves head cover all those need to be donning before entering to the patient room and need to be removed inside the patient room immediately before going outside the room and keep the trash can close the patient door from inside Other element which is also overlooked is eye protection one of the routes of virus entry is the conjunctiva so we will add to the previous PPE a face shield or eye goggle in order to prevent any virus from entering through a mucus membrane of the eyes so almost we cover all our body

Remember the complete PPE is needed once you are in contact with the patient or his/her environment and no excuse to avoid any of the previous PPE e.g. I’ll not touch the patient or I’ll just say good morning to the patient and take care not to touch any surrounding all of those excuses are the first step to acquire MERS-CoV infection

 

 

Remember if you follow the precautions don’t panic it is Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

 

 

 

 

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