Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Infection

Outbreak caused by a novel coronavirus
SUBJECT: Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Infection
ORIGIN: Moldex® Technical Services Department
DATE: January 22, 2020


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of  confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally.  These numbers will likely grow given the high amount of travel associated with the Lunar New Year holiday.  The  was announced on January 21, 2020, and there are ongoing investigations to learn more. This very fluid situation is being evaluated on a daily basis by governments around the world.

It has been confirmed that the virus can spread from human to human although specific routes of transmission (i。e。 airborne, direct contact, ingestion, etc。) have yet to be definitively determined。  Common symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell。

The CDC is providing the following precautions for health care providers:

“Healthcare providers should obtain a detailed travel history for patients with fever and respiratory symptoms. For patients who traveled to Wuhan on or after December 1, 2019 and had onset of illness within 2 weeks of leaving, consider the novel coronavirus outbreak in China when evaluating a patient with these symptoms and notify infection control personnel and your local health department immediately.

Although routes of transmission have yet to be definitively determined, CDC recommends a cautious approach to interacting with patients under investigation. Ask such patients to wear a surgical mask as soon as they are identified. Conduct their evaluation in a private room with the door closed, ideally an airborne infection isolation room, if available. Personnel entering the room should use standard precautions, contact precautions, and airborne precautions and use eye protection (goggles or a face shield). For additional infection control guidance, visit .”

According to the CDC’s Transmission-Based Precautions webpage, “Airborne precautions” includes, among other precautions:

“Use personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately, including a fit-tested NIOSH-approved  N95 or higher level respirator for healthcare personnel.”


This situation is rapidly changing and the public, as well as health care workers are advised to refer to the latest CDC and WHO guidelines for protection guidance.

Information and guidance from the CDC and WHO can be found at the following links:



OSHA also has provided interim guidance to employers

Moldex Note:

Respiratory protective devices are only effective when they are properly fitted and worn.

Where NIOSH certified respirators are used, this should be in conjunction with a comprehensive respiratory protection program in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 29 CFR 1910.134 as a minimum. This includes but is not limited to medical evaluation, training and fit testing.

WARNING: No respirator can completely protect the user from exposure to 100% of airborne particulates and in particular particulates that may spread coronavirus. Moldex N95 respirators when properly fitted and worn will reduce exposure to airborne particulates but cannot completely eliminate such exposure. Exposure may still occur even with proper fitting and use of any respirator.

IMPORTANT: The information contained in this Tech Brief is dated and was accurate to the best of Moldex’s knowledge, on the date above. It is not meant to be comprehensive, nor is it intended to be used in place of the warning/use instructions that accompany Moldex respirators. Outside of the USA, check with all applicable and local government regulations.

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