Protecting yourself from the coronavirus
2nd March, 2020
 

What is the Coronavirus? 

The Coronaviruses is a large group of viruses that cause infectious illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East respiratory syndrome and severe acute respiratory syndrome. A novel Coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.  

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning a disease that exists in animals but can infect humans.  Detailed investigations found that severe acute respiratory syndrome was transmitted from civet cats to humans and Middle East respiratory syndrome from dromedary camels to humans. 

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

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Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing the Coronavirus symptoms.

How coronavirus is used to spread malware online

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Kaspersky’s have researched the Coronavirus infection is being leveraged by cyber criminals for their malicious activities. Criminals have disguised malware as documents such as pdf, mp4 and docx files, relating to the Coronavirus. The file name implies that they include virus protection instructions, current threat developments and even virus detection techniques.

Kaspersky offers specific services designed to detect disguised malicious files such as concealed “Coronavirus” malware, those with the following detection names: Worm.VBS.Dinihou.r; Worm.Python.Agent.c; UDS: DangerousObject.Multi.Generic; Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.gg; Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.ew; HEUR: Trojan.WinLNK.Agent.gen; & HEUR: Trojan.PDF.Badur.b.

We advise protecting yourself from such harmful content, we recommend doing the following:

The best way to protect yourself from the Coronavirus

Disposable face masks are capable of blocking large particles from entering your mouth, a tight fitting respirator mask is far more effective at protecting you from airborne germs, such as the “N95 respirator mask”.

 

3M 8511PB1-A-PS Particulate N95 Respirator with Valve

 

If you are still concerned of the viral epidemic, the Coronavirus or any other viral infection, you might have a hard time finding face masks to help protect yourself. On Wednesday 5th February, both face masks and N95 respirator masks were either sold out online by third part sellers or marked up significantly. This is where Niche Office Solutions Ltd can help.

For more products on medical face masks and surgical face mask, click on our top range of Medical Facial Protection Mask Catalogue.