The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) released two videos on March 18, one to inform individuals who are pre-diagnosed or infected with coronavirus and another for their caretakers.
The ways to prevent spreading the coronavirus are essentially the same as those you would take to prevent the spread of any respiratory disease, TTB Coronavirus Inspection Group Member Prof. Özlem Kurt Azap said in the video for possibly infected people.
Beyond noting the importance of avoiding human contact as mush as possible, Azap also suggested preventative measures for civilians for whilst socializing.
“Only individuals infected with the coronavirus need to wear masks. Healthy individuals should only wear masks if they come into contact with coronavirus patients,” Azap said in the video.
He also said that masks should be removed by pulling off the strings and avoiding contact with the interior and exterior parts of the cloth.
A simple cloth mask is enough for protection, Azap noted, adding that heavy-duty masks like the N95, FFP2 and FFP3 that have air filters should be reserved exclusively for healthcare professionals.
Plastic gloves shouldn’t be used by civilians, as they may spread the virus further if not used properly, Azap noted.
In the video for medical workers, Azap explained the procedures for Healthcare professionals entering the room of a patient diagnosed with or suspected to have contracted coronavirus.
First, they should use hand sanitizer, then put on their apron, then a face mask, goggles and finally, gloves, Azap said.
To enter a patient’s room, surgical mask suffice, Azap said, but professionals should switch to filtered masks whilst performing operations on patients.