Don’t be alarmed if you see me and Annie wearing masks today in clinic. Given the nature of COVID-19, we desperately don’t want to spread any bugs to our patients who may be immunocompromised, elderly, frail or pregnant.
So if you’ve recently travelled abroad in the past 14 days or have been in close contact with a case of Coronavirus, or are concerned you have symptoms of the virus, please call the clinic in advance.
We are unable to test for the virus and we will happily give you advice and direct you to a local testing centre.
Let’s keep our General Practice protected together so we can continue looking after you.
Looking for toilet paper? 🧻💩 Whilst toilet paper is very important, there are measures we should all be practising to stop coronavirus propagating.
If we all practice regular thorough hand hygiene and stay at least 1 meter away from anyone that is coughing and sneezing we can halt its reproduction. Similarly, as we enter the colder months, if you have symptoms of a cold, practice good hygiene and dispose of tissues regularly.
Whether you’re using them to protect yourself from bushfire fumes, viruses or simply a fashion statement, in today’s episode of Dr Nora I take you through the surgical, P2 and N95 mask. Discussing what each are used for, how to perform a fit check and how to safely dispose of used masks.
Surgical masks were originally designed to be used by surgeons helping to keep bugs from their mouth and nose from entering the sterile surgical field and thus reducing the chance of infection. As they are not tight fitting however, they do not provide protection against viruses. They are useful to use if you yourself, has flu like symptoms and do not wish to spread your illness to others.
Both the P2 and N95 mask block at least 95% of small particles. The difference between the two is where their testing requirements originated from, the N95 being tested in the USA and the P2 by European standards.
P2 respirators are considered to be sufficient for protection against viruses, however, in your local hardware store you may find some masks that offer additional protection to fumes, odours and pesticides. Always read the label to ensure adequate protection for your use.
HOW TO USE THE MASKS
It is very important that when using these masks they are fitted correctly. A fit check must be performed which ensures that there is no leakage of air around the mask on both inhalation and exhalation. To perform this, simply breath in and out with your hands around the mask to ensure there is no leakage. If you suspect there is an air leak readjust and tighten the mask.
I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.
Did you know that condoms aren’t as effective as the pill or coil?
Recent research has shown that women aged 16-24 years are more likely to only use barrier contraception, which can lead to unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, and can cause emotional turmoil.
Keeping up to date with new evidence and research is a vital part of my job as a General Practitioner. There are plenty of safe and reliable forms of birth control, if you would like more information please do come by and see me in clinic. Remember, although condoms may not be the best in birth control they are the best are reducing the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.