The question that keeps popping up is “Do Respirator Masks protect you from Swine Flu?” This is because the new kind of swine flu – a virus that has caused anxiety through out the world because it has proved fatal to many – and has caused people to try and find the best protection against it. The fact that babies and young adults have succumbed to it could be proof of the severity of the flu virus in your country/state.
We know from reports that the swine flu virus spreads from person to person and the virus is called “swine flu” only because its surface proteins are similar to those that infect swines. Even though most states are preparing for a pandemic by having plans that include drugs, vaccines measures to keep people apart, closure of educational institutes, ban of public meetings etc, it is important that every individual is responsible enough to gather all information on the prevention of swine flu to keep him/herself and his/her family safe.
One of the ways to protect yourself is a Respirator Mask. It should be understood that this is not a total defense against H1N1 and there is a slight difference between a face mask and a respirator mask. While a face mask like a surgical or pollution mask will protect your face from harm or any infection the virus can still enter through the corner of the facemask, while the respirator mask will filter out the virus. The N95 respirator mask is one that is designed specially for H1N1.
It is recommended that these respirator swine flu masks are used when you are in direct contact with a swine flu patient, or in areas that are crowded. It is advised that the mask should be used by one person alone and not shared. Other precautionary measures to be followed are washing your hands with soap regularly, avoiding touching your mouth, nose or eyes, covering your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, avoiding people who are infected with the swine flu virus, and avoiding crowded areas.
Smittstopp have a product that guarantees a long term protection against the spread of swine flu/H1N1 flu. This is a spray that can be used on all surfaces. It has a triple action whereby it acts as a cleaner, disinfectant as well as kills bacteria and virus in a second.
When used as a cleaner, this spray is effective because it is strong and works extremely well if it is wiped off after a minute or two, after spraying it on the surface. The spray leaves a thin layer of cationic polymer that is positively charged and which acts like a magnet, attracting the swine flu virus and killing it instantly. Tests have proved that if a person touches the Smittstopp sprayed surface and then rubs his finger on his skin, the virus breaks up and dies.
This cationic polymer has strong binding qualities and even stays under water and will survive in clothes even after being washed around 20 times. The Smittstopp spray can be used on door handles, stair handles, switches, taps etc. Normal cleaners that are usually not cationic but anionic (negatively charged) should not be put on top of the layer of Smittstop because they will stop and neutralize the protection.
The use of respiratory masks is important because they can filter out minute particles 95% of the time and offers you better protection against the H1N1 virus. The virus travel on larger molecules that act as carriers for example, mucus globs, and therefore these respiratory masks easily filter them.