Coronavirus: Infection prevention information
The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) continues to spread. The transmission seems to be amazingly fast. Contrary to what was initially assumed, infection from person to person is possible.
Due to a lack of preventive measures from the beginning, hospital employees are now among the infected. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called a crisis meeting. An emergency committee is to advise whether an international health emergency is to be declared.
Based on the current data situation, the Robert Koch Institute has issued recommendations for the prevention of the transmission of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) for health care facilities in Germany. In addition to consistent compliance with the basic hygiene measures, the wearing of protective clothing also includes: Respirator, protective gown, safety glasses and gloves.
How is the new coronavirus transmitted?
This new type of coronavirus appears to spread like the SARS virus through droplet infection and smear transmission. It can be transmitted directly and indirectly from animal to person, and from person to person. Coronaviruses can also be transmitted through indirect contact, i.e. also by touching objects, such as handkerchiefs or door handles that are contaminated with the virus. Some coronaviruses can still cause infections on surfaces for up to 7 weeks.
What is the coronavirus?
Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a type of pneumonia that cannot be treated. The SARS virus and the MERS virus also belong to the same category. These viruses continue to develop and change their DNA. The now emerging coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is a new type that was first recognized at the end of December last year.
What are the symptoms?
A lung disease that causes symptoms similar to colds, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever. The incubation period can range from a few days to 14 days
What can we do? - Infection prevention
Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics, so we can only protect ourselves through infection prevention and precautionary measures. It is important to avoid contact with sick people and animals. Since the virus can also be transmitted indirectly, the highest level of hygiene should be maintained.
If there is any suspicion, protective clothing must be worn, but it is also advisable to wear appropriate protective equipment as a precaution. When putting on and taking off protective equipment, it is essential to ensure that the correct procedure is followed, as viruses can be transmitted if they are improperly put on and taken off. You can find more information related to this on our Youtube-Channel or at one of our specialist seminars with a practical section under DACH Academy.
Precautionary RKI recommendation and further information
Robert Koch Institute
Infektionskrankheiten A-Z: COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2)
Infection prevention with DACH Schutzbekleidung
Virus-proof protective gown
The material should be tested for protective clothing against infectious agents according to EN 14126.
Should be tested against the penetration of viruses and fungi according to EN ISO 374-5: 2016.
Our recommendation: GentleSafe® NT 240 REF 875
Safety glasses or protective shield
Should be tested according to EN 166: 2001 for protection against liquid splashes.
Our recommendation: Protective shield OptiProtect REF 265
FFP3 respiratory protection*:
Should be tested according to EN 149: 2001 and provide a good fit.
* The RKI recommends wearing respiratory protection in the isolation room only when the suspicion has been confirmed. Since the incubation period is 14 days, the symptoms are very similar to those of a cold, and at least dozen hospital employees are already infected, we generally do not recommend doing without breathing protection. Some health organisations only recommend the use of FFP3 respirators.