How Useful are Masks, Hand Sanitizers and Sneeze Guards for Preventing the Spread of Covid-19?

Updated on December 31, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it. As well as spreading anxiety and worry throughout the nation, it has caused many people to ask questions and reevaluate their lives and businesses. To allow society to operate as much as it can, the experts and people in charge have encouraged the public to wear face masks, clean their hands and socially distance from one another. However, due to uncertainty and inconsistency, these rules have led to people asking more questions about how effective and necessary they really are. To make things clearer and answer some of these questions, today, we will be taking a closer look into how useful masks, hand sanitizers and sneeze guards are for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

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Face Masks

Face masks have become a mandatory addition to many people once they have left their home. It is said to protect the people from catching and spreading the virus, as it causes a barrier between the environment and the person’s airways. At the beginning of the pandemic, we were told that a mask may not prevent the spread of the virus. However, as experts learned more about COVID-19, they discovered that the right mask can protect people. Different types of masks work in their own way. Surgical masks are best, but cloth masks are more popular. Your nose and mouth must be covered to make it effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

Hand Sanitizer 

We are all aware of the importance of washing our hands for 20 seconds with soap and water, especially when it comes to reducing the transmission of COVID-19. It can be difficult to wash our hands as often as we need to, especially if there are no public restrooms you can access. At the beginning of the pandemic, hand sanitizer sold out fast. This is because they were a convenient option to keep hands clean and free from harmful pathogens. The correct hand sanitizer can also reduce the irritation caused by frequent hand washing. When used correctly, hand sanitizer can be effective against catching and spreading COVID-19. 

Sneeze Guards

Since social distancing has come into effect, people have had to make an effort to keep a safe distance away from others, to protect themselves and other people from catching COVID-19. However, some business, like convenience stores will rely on face-to-face contact between customers and staff. Fortunately, sneeze guards are a fantastic way to maintain a good relationship with customers while slowing the spread of COVID-19. This is because they create a barrier and physically block the direct path of the virus and other contagion. The surfaces can also be wiped down and cleaned regularly, which further lessens transmission. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a scary and unpredictable time for individuals and businesses. The above methods are effective at preventing the spread of this potentially dangerous virus, plus many other illnesses. They are a small price to pay, they help small businesses and will protect yourself and others. 

The Editorial Team at Healthcare Business Today is made up of skilled healthcare writers and experts, led by our managing editor, Daniel Casciato, who has over 25 years of experience in healthcare writing. Since 1998, we have produced compelling and informative content for numerous publications, establishing ourselves as a trusted resource for health and wellness information. We offer readers access to fresh health, medicine, science, and technology developments and the latest in patient news, emphasizing how these developments affect our lives.