As corona virus protection seems to be a hot topic I thought I would write a little about is even though it has nothing to do with what I normally write about. First off there seems to be bit of hysteria or panic about the virus which is understandable but shops getting sold out of face masks and hand sanitizer might be a bit over the top.
The mortality rate for people who have the virus is still pretty low for most at around 2% for older people or someone with other medical problems that rate rises for example the mortality rate for people over 80 could be up to 15% but from my understanding the SARS virus some years back had a higher mortality rate than the corona virus.
I just want to update on what I have stated above as I now feel we should be taking self isolation more seriously
Surgical masks that people are buying offer little or no protection against the virus and there is no evidence that even anti viral masks will prevent it because it can also get in through your eyes or from surfaces onto hands and then to your mouth when eating . The best way to avoid it is just to stay away from other people and wash your hands regularly.
I know little about the virus so you can read that from other sources like here but what I am going to list is some PPE protection for chemical spraying.
So if you are determined to get yourself face mask you could try the ones below or something rated at N95 or above. N95 filters out 95% of all airborne particles and droplets and are rated as both antiviral and as protection against chemical sprays. N100 is better again and claims to filter out 99.7%
What I am linking to below is for farmers or gardeners who want to protect themselves against dust or while spraying, as is mandatory under health and safety for pesticide application. What you buy it for is up to you but as far as I am aware there is no evidence that any mask will prevent against the corona virus.
Lyanty Anti Pollution Dust Mask, N95 Mask Protective
Lyanty is a high quality adhesive composite sponge fabricsour allergy dust mask can block 95% of the dust, vehicle exhaust, chemicals,particulates,gas,pollen,smoke,fumes,anti PM 2.5 and haze.
They also claim that it keeps you safe from fog, smog, dust, smells, germs, bacteria, viruses, vehicle exhaust, air pollution, allergens, and humidity thus keeping you healthy and safe from many diseases.
Lightweight Full Face Chemical mask Anti-Gas Mask Acid Dust Respirator Paint Pesticide Spray Silicone Filter Face Mask
The full face mask does away with the need for separate goggles and can be used as protection from all types of airborne dust an spray vapors. It probably would be a bit much on a hot day in the tractor but at least all areas of exposed skin would be covered wearing gloves and a suit with this mask.
Respirator NASUM Dust Mask Paint Mask, for Painting, Dust, Particulate, Chemicals,
This kit includes goggles and face mask with changeable filters and claims to protect from 99.95% of dust and vapor droplets in the air.
SafeComfort Coverall/Chemical Protective Suit Model H – PPE Cat. Type 5/6
Dont forget the full chemical suit for full body protection particle and limited spray-tight
The Model H weighs on average less than 50 g/m² and is nevertheless particularly tear-resistant, robust and resistant to abrasion the SafeComfort chemical protection suit model H meets the CE standards EN 13034, EN ISO 13982-1.
Gas Mask Full Face Protection Pesticide Formaldehyde Toxic Gas Anti-Virus Activated Carbon Filter Industrial Military Safety Respirator,B
If you are worried about slurry gas or maybe WW3 or the end of the world this full face gas mask should protect you from almost anything
The activated carbon filter can effectively protect daily industrial gas pollution, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, etc. The canister protects against chemical toxic gases, nerve agents, mustard gas, cyanide, arsenide and phosgene, radioactive and highly toxic particles, aerosols and microorganisms, bacteria and viruses.
This canister is not allowed to be used in a carbon monoxide environment. When the mask is not in use, the can lid and bottom plug of the canister should be tightly closed and placed in a cool place. The canister should be stored in a dry, clean, ventilated and heat-resistant warehouse.
Heavy Duty Black Nitrile Disposable Gloves
Finally to complete the kit nitrile gloves that probably do more to prevent the spread of infection than anything else are cheaper to buy here than the co op store used for handling chemicals keeping hands clean from bacteria or germs which could also be useful for milking the cows