General Questions

COVID-19 is a name given to a highly infectious and communicable disease caused due to a new orNovel Coronavirus. It is known that the disease outbreak happened in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since it has spread all over the world from human to human and has been very deadly, it is categorized as a Pandemic.

COVID-19 stands for ‘CO’ – Corona, ‘VI’ – Virus and ‘19’ – 2019 the year it began.

Since, Coronavirus is a virus, it cannot be prevented or treated using antibiotics. Antibiotics for COVID-19are not effective against viruses. Treatment of COVID-19 is not available yet.

  • Wearing an effective mask for coronais essential if you are in close proximity to a COVID infected patient, especially if you are a care giver at home or in a clinical setup.
  • It is also essential to wear a mask if you are suffering from cough and sneeze.
  • Where social distancing is not maintained and you are unaware of people around could be infected, it is wise to wear a mask.
  • You are also advised to wear a breathable mask if you are in a public place, especially closed complexes like malls, hospitals, etc. since you may have come in contact with the virus by touching contaminated objects or areas and mistakenly may touch your nose or mouth.
  • Along with wearing a mask, it is essential to either sanitize your surroundings wherever possible with a sanitizer having more than 60% alcohol or wash your hands frequently, wear disposable gloves, wear disposable masks or wear reusable masks after properly washing them.

There are many measures you can take for prevention from coronavirus:

  • Stay at home
  • Only go out if it is absolutely necessary
  • Make your trips outside short
  • Whenever you are outside, wear a breathable mask, carry a hand sanitizer and use it often to sanitize your hands especially if you have touched door handles, any other surfaces.
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth and nose.
  • As soon as you come back home, sanitize your shoes and dip your clothes separately in a disinfectant and wash it away from rest of the laundry.
  • Do not come in contact with people at home immediately after you return, first sanitize, change your clothing, preferably take a bath immediately and only then let kids or elders come near you.

Ideally maintain a distance of at least 2 -3 metre or 6 feet distance between yourself and others wherever you can, otherwise at least 1 metre or 3 feet distance. This kind of social distancing will keep you safe from virus infected small droplets from nose or mouth if someone near you coughs, sneezes, or speaks. You will be safe from breathing in the COVID infected or any other virus droplets if any person in your vicinity has the disease.

PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is a special gear which one can wear to protect oneself from a virus infected person, the droplets they may emit while coughing, sneezing or talking. PPE is an important life-saving gear that acts as barrier against viruses or any other infectious disease.

COVID Essentials is the best place to buy PPE kit online. PPE is a specialized gear and must be bought from an authorized and trusted platform like COVID Essentials.

PPE kit itemsinclude the following: Overall/Gown, Head cover, Hand Gloves, Face shield, Mask, Goggles and Shoe cover.

A PPE Kit is made from impenetrable fabric which is approved to meet high standards. The purpose of the PPE Kit is that fabric used for all the components are like a shield to prevent any virus infection or chemicals from coming in direct contact with your skin.

The order of removing PPE Kit is very important and must be followed very carefully. Make sure that you sanitize your hand and reusable items like Googles, immediately after removing every item. All one-time use or disposable items like overalls, gowns, masks, gloves, head cover, shoe cover must be discarded in a disposable bag.

  • Gloves removed inside out and dispose
  • Overall or Gown removed inside out and dispose
  • Face Shield sanitise after removal
  • Goggles are removed and clean the straps, goggle frame and glasses with a clean sanitized tissue and throw the tissue away.
  • Surgical Maskmust be removed carefully and disposed in a disposable bag. N-95 mask must be removed and placed in a separate bag which will be cleaned separately.
  • Shoe Cover is removed inside out and discarded in a disposable bag.

Perform hand hygiene immediately on removal of all PPE items.It is very important that you dispose some of the PPE items after each use in a secure disposal bag and discard it as per guidelines.

Before wearing the PPE kit, it is very important that you clean your hands thoroughly by washing with water and soap, if you do not have access to clean water then use a hand sanitizer. Make sure your surroundings are clean and your PPE bag is safely placed in a clean and dirt-free area. The order for wearing the PPE kit is as follows:

  • Put on Overall or Gown
  • Surgical mask or N-95 Mask
  • Face Shield
  • Head Cover
  • Gloves
  • Shoe Cover

The idea behind a disposable PPE Kit is that it can be used only once and must be disposed off in a disposable bag. Only one person can wear one PPE Kit. You cannot wash a PPE Kit, since it’s protective or barrier qualities will be hampered and may not be effective. Store it in a clean PPE Bag and make sure it is stored away from fire.