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Flu Mask Destroys Viruses and Bacteria

Looking for a face mask that not only protects you from viruses and bacterias, but destroys them? Look no further. MCR Safety has just launched the Safe2Breathe Pandemic Flu Mask. The Safe2Breathe kills viruses and bacteria and destroys the micro-organisms for up to 24 hours, and has been proven to block at least 99% of particulates. “Independent laboratory test results confirm that the antimicrobial properties of the Pandemic Mask are significantly effective against Influenza, Tuberculosis, MRSA, bird flu and others.” (MCR Safety) This flu mask is designed to neutralize and destroy the microbes making them harmless to the environment as well as breaking the transmission cycle.

So, how does the flu mask destroy viruses and bacterias? Safe2Breathe masks offer bi-directional protection with 7-layer construction. The construction “….disables viruses at the cellular level, repels airborne moisture and filters fine particles, blood, bacteria and viruses.” (MCR Safety)

These flu masks are superior to the N95 as they are only tested to block particles from entering the mask. The spread of the pandemic is continuous as particles continue to stay alive on the N95.

The Safe2Breathe Pandemic Flu Mask is not a reusable mask, and should be disposed of no longer than 24 hours after start of use. Shelf life for these masks is at least 3 years.

H1N1 Update

Since March 2009 after the H1N1, also know as Swine Flu, caused its first illness in Mexico, the virus has spread to more than 70 countries. Speading to the United States, the first reported patient was confirmed on April 15, 2009 and has since spread to over 27,717 Americans with 127 deaths as of June 25, 2009 (CDC). According to the CDC, “On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) Virus. A Pase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.”

Over the past few weeks, the number of infected humans has been increasing. Although the number has been rising, “…many of the cases reportedly had links to travel or were localized outbreaks without community spread. The WHO designation of pandemic alert Phase 6 reflects the fact that there are now ongoing community level outbreaks in multiple parts of the world.” (CDC)
The raising to Phase 6 by the WHO reflects the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness casued by the virus. Because the H1N1 virus is a new virus, many have little or no immunity to fight it, and illness may be more. There is currently no vaccine to protect against the H1N1 virus.

Although most in the United States who have become ill from the virus have recovered without medical treatement, the CDC does anticipate more cases occuring, more hospitalizations, and more deaths in the coming weeks. Most people have turned to medical masks to help protect themselves while traveling, or when in heavily populated areas.

Every individual has the ability to lessen the risk for themselves and others from contracting this virus. Some things as simple as washing your hands often, throwing your used tissues away, and avoiding sick people, may seem like small everyday hygiene tasks, but are surprisingly not practiced by many. For more ways to protect yourself and others click here.

Swine Flu Respirators

H1N1 RespiratorsThe swine flu outbreak is concerning many health officials. This flu was originally thought only to affect pigs, but recently has killed at least 60 people in Mexico. Health officials claim 8 people in the U.S. have also been effected by this unusual virus. This virus is reported to be contagious and is spreading from human to human. Scary as it sounds, officals have yet to determine how easily the virus spreads between people.

According to the CDC, the virus is an influenza A virus, carrying the designation H1N1. It contains DNA from avian, swine and human viruses, including elements from European and Asian swine viruses. Swine flu symptoms are claimed to include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people who have contracted the virus have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

People are recommend to wear Swine Flu Respirators and take the following precautions:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue before you cough or sneeze and dispose of it afterward. An N95 respirator or a medical mask is highly recommend.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water, especially after sneezing, coughing, or close contact with an infected person. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer may also help.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you become sick, stay home from work or school and limit your contact with others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, to prevent the spread of germs.