PPE Products Available to Prevent Viruses and Bacteria

In order to stay safe and healthy, prevention must be your first order of protection. Proactive and not just reactive measures must be taken for optimal protection against those nasty bacteria and viruses. While proper separation, cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitation are the first and best methods, complete separation is not always possible, therefore the following range of different personal protective equipment is also extremely useful, even essential in many, many circumstances and situations.

Gloves

The most paramount properties of gloves are a snug fit and a complete seal. Material that does not tear easily is a plus. Face Masks UK offer a wide range of sizes and a few materials at an affordable cost to supply you with plenty of gloves. Take care to always put on and take off your gloves properly without caused any inadvertent contamination, and never reuse disposable gloves, always grab a new pair when needed.

Disposable Gowns

While there are more heavy-duty, full-body coverage suits possibly on the market, the cost and ease of use are more prohibitive than the more easily used disposable gowns offered by Face Masks UK. Don’t be fooled by the description “Disposable”, Yes, these are meant as one-time use suits, but that does not mean they are not effective and durable. These tested and approved gowns will exceed any need.

Infrared Thermometer

One of the most, if not the number one most tell-tale sign of a body fighting an active virus would be a fever or elevated temperature. Many different types of thermometers exist to measure a body temperature, but none are easier or as safe as the no-contact, infrared thermometer. A fraction of the cost you may have believed they were, or maybe used to be. You can now obtain an infrared thermometer, the easiest and safest thermometer design possible from Face Masks UK today.

Aprons

Some people prefer an apron in conjunction with long-armed gloves, arm sleeves, or similar combinations. If you are looking to try full-frontal aprons to cover and protect instead of full body suits, you can get quality aprons from Face Masks UK as well.

Goggles

To protect against transmission and spread of viruses and bacteria, gloves that completely cover and seal off the hands and fingers are vital. So are masks that properly cover your nose and mouth to protect from inhaling or ingesting any virus or bacteria particles. But do not neglect properly protecting your eyes. While you are working directly with your hands and facing whatever it is you are focusing your attention on, your eyes are obviously pointed directly at the dangerous source of possible transmission and infection.

Safety Glasses can be the first defence as most possible contact or possible transmission can happen directly in front of your eyes, or head-on. However, for an extra and more complete means of protection, you should consider goggles. Goggles can properly seal around your eyes and face, and in coordination with a pertinent mouth and nose covering, a properly fitted mask, your defence will be nearly impenetrable so long as you maintain a careful procedure for putting on and taking off your array of personal protective equipment.

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Key workers themselves, or any type of supervisor of key workers, must think carefully about the selection of PPE. It is a very serious matter, but that does not mean it needs to be a difficult and painful decision just to choose the right pieces. Face Masks UK is much more than masks, they are also a capable and exceedingly preferred supplier for many more of your PPE (personal protective equipment) needs. Contact us today.

How long will facemasks be required in the UK?

The UK has been a world leader in fighting COVID-19 through sensible health regulations, including wearing facemasks. While the facemask requirement is slated to be retired on July 19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised a return of restrictions if the virus is not kept under control. What does that mean in terms of keeping a healthy stock of facemasks?

Facemask Opinions Vary

The answer to that question is anybody’s guess. Some health experts believe that facemasks should be mandated well into 2022. Others feel strongly that lifting the facemask regulations should be a fluid process, changing to the ebb and flow of the battle against COVID-19.

Of course, many politicians and business owners feel the mandate should be lifted yesterday.

How then when so many have such different opinions can a responsible organisation please customers while safeguarding the public and employees? The answer to that is to use common sense and pay attention to what the authorities are mandating as opposed to what some are saying.

Company Policies

Most politicians cede that the policy of a business or organisation should be left up to that business or organisation. Much of that is driven by customer desires, which, depending on the customer base in question, can vary widely.

The UK has generally lagged the rest of the world as it pertains to members of the public wearing facemasks.

Some refuse to wear a facemask when required now. Others refuse to wear one unless the need is obvious (say while taking public transport.) Still, others think the restrictions should stay the same or even become more stringently enforced.

Personal Choice

The powers that be in UK politics are split as well. The Prime Minister has stated his preference for wearing facemasks in public to be a “personal choice.” It should be noted Johnson, who contracted the virus himself, has been cautious about virus restrictions and has advocated that public policy errs on the side of personal choice and responsibility.

The Deputy Director of Public Health England, Dr. Susan Hopkins, has stated her preference that mask requirements be extended beyond the July 19 “Freedom Day,” when most COVID-19-based restrictions are lifted.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock has stated that masks must be worn through July 18. That would mean on July 19, facemasks will no longer be required on public transport, although businesses and other organisations are free to make and enforce their own policies.

Future Measures

All agree on one thing: If there is a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 cases, restrictions will be put back into place. Whether a “resurgence” means something similar to the current increase in cases due to new COVID variants or even what criteria counts towards a resurgence determination, remains to be seen.

Proceed with Caution

All that leads to this: Restrictions, including facemask regulations, are set to be done away with, but some private and public interests will likely continue to mandate the use of facemasks for customers to do business.

Those groups will also likely follow the government’s lead, but only after a period for the new policy to take hold. They will not if a dramatic resurgence occurs or if a particularly virulent variant emerges.

What does that mean for the average UK citizen, business or organisation? The smart move is to stay well-stocked with facemasks, at least through the end of the year.

If that is you, contact Face Masks UK today to order your next batch.

What Circumstances Are Face Masks Mandatory in the UK?

Wearing face masks has become the new norm in the UK and globally, all due to the Covid-19 pandemic. These face coverings are essential because they cover your nose and mouth, preventing you from contracting the fatal coronavirus disease that has claimed over three million lives worldwide. According to predictions by experts at New Scientist, people will require them until 2022.

When must you wear a face mask in the UK? This question has come up countless times. In this post, we’ll discuss the instances when you need these face coverings in this country.

Specific Indoor Settings

Various rules have been set regarding when UK residents must wear face masks. These include entering specific indoor settings, including but not limited to the ones we’ve listed below.

  • Shopping locations such as malls, supermarkets, indoor markets and shops
  • Public transport like trains, aeroplanes and buses, plus airports, train stations, bus stations and ports
  • Theatres
  • Taxis
  • Locations that provide beauty and personal care services, including hair salons, tattoo parlours and barbershops
  • Libraries
  • Storage/distribution facilities
  • Conference centres
  • Banks
  • Post offices
  • Funeral service providers
  • Entertainment and tourist attraction venues such as aquariums, zoos, museums, concert halls and casinos
  • Hotels and hostels
  • Auction halls
  • Bars, pubs and restaurants
  • Places of worship
  • Social clubs and community centres
  • Workplaces and offices

Wearing a face mask while getting into these locations is not all you have to do in the UK. You must keep the covering on unless you have a credible reason to remove it. For instance, you may be living with a disability that deters you from wearing a face mask securely. Also, you might be suffering from a condition that could worsen should you cover your face for an extended period.

Notably, UK residents are expected to wear face masks in outdoor settings, especially when they’re not alone. This protects not only them but also those around them, regardless of if they know each other or not.

When Living with a Covid-19 Patient

A loved one may contract the coronavirus infection while you’re living with them. Then, you can still take care of them while keeping a safe distance. Even so, it is mandatory to wear a face mask as long as you’re sharing the same living space. This protects you and other members of your family.

To guarantee safety, make sure that the patient is confined to their room until they regain full recovery. Also, follow all the necessary Covid-19 safety measures, such as washing your hands frequently with plenty of water and soap. It is also prudent to seek a qualified doctor’s advice to know how to handle such a situation.

Who should not Wear a Face Mask in the UK?

Some individuals don’t have to wear face masks. These include children who are below eleven years old. In addition, those who could jeopardize their safety by covering their faces are exempt from wearing face masks in the UK.

The Best Face Masks to Wear in the UK

There are many types of face masks on the UK market today. The CDC recommends surgical masks, those made with a breathable material such as cotton, and those that come with tightly woven fabric.

Face masks whose materials make it hard for you to breathe are not advisable. Others that you should steer clear of are those that don’t fit properly or have only one layer. Again, don’t use a ski mask or a scarf as a face mask. It might be ineffective and render you unsafe when you are indoors or outdoors mingling with other people.

Note that you must wear your face mask in all the situations we’ve mentioned above. Failure to do so, may attract a fine, as the UK government revealed in 2020.

Who is Exempt from Wearing a Face Mask?

Covid-19 spreads from one person to the other mainly through respiratory droplets. When an infected person who is physically close to you coughs, talks, sneezes, sings or shouts, their droplets travel in the air, landing on your mouth or nose. If you breathe the droplets, you are predisposed to a covid-19 infection.

Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Patients

People who are infected with coronavirus may be symptomatic or asymptomatic. Symptomatic patients show common symptoms like fever, dry cough, chills, fatigue, sore throat and loss of smell. The infection may also affect neurological functions, gastrointestinal symptoms or both in some people. In this case, they may or may not occur with respiratory symptoms. On the other hand, asymptomatic patients do not show any symptoms of the disease at all.

Wearing Masks to Reduce the Spread of Covid-19

Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth helps prevent the spread of respiratory droplets. Several studies indicate that asymptomatic and presymptomatic (people who are yet to show symptoms) patients can spread the virus to other people. As such, everyone needs to wear a mask whether they feel sick or not. Wearing a face mask keeps you safe from the people around you in case they are infected and not showing symptoms. You are also able to protect the people around you if you are the asymptomatic one.

Are All Masks Equal?

It is crucial that you put on a face mask every time you are getting to public. You, however, have to wear a mask when indoors with people you do not live with or infected people. Cloth masks and medical procedure masks generally work well in most circumstances. When visiting a park or talking with your neighbours outdoors while keeping a distance of 6 feet away from them, for example, a cloth mask or medical mask is enough. However, some situations have a higher risk of transmission hence the need for a mask that offers higher protection, and a KN95 mask has been found to offer increased protection.

When to Wear A KN95 Mask

A KN95 mask is the best for use in situations where you have to be in close proximity with people you do not live with for prolonged amounts of time. Such situations include when riding planes or using any form of public transport, especially one you cannot keep six feet away. You can also use it when talking to someone who is already infected and when working in places where you interact with so many people.

People Who Should Wear Masks

Everyone is generally expected to wear a mask at all times. To be specific:

  • Any person above the age of two is expected to wear a mask at all times in a public setting.
  • When travelling on a plane and other forms of public transport, everyone is expected to wear a mask.
  • If you have a Covid-19 patient in your home, you need to wear a mask
  • Wear a mask when around people who you do not live with, whether in your home or their homes.

People Who Are Exempted from Wearing Masks

There has always risen an argument on whether there are people who are exempted from wearing masks. In as much as everyone is required to wear a mask, sometimes CDC recognizes that it is not feasible at all times or to all people. The following categories of people are exempt from wearing a mask.

  • Children under the age of two
  • If they wear masks, it could create a risk to workplace safety, health, or job duty
  • People who disability hinders them from wearing masks safely