Are you wearing the right safety masks to protect yourself from swine flu?

Swine flu has now been declared a global pandemic. Spreading rapidly across the world, swine flu was first detected and recognized in the United States in April 2009. It then affected Mexico and Canada and is quite rapidly taking the world in its clutch. The World Health Organization called it a “public health emergency of international concern” gauging its seriousness.

Swine flu can affect people irrespective of their age, sex, background or location. It can also lead to a serious collapse or complete shutdown of the public system, as it happened in Mexico, because of its contagious nature. If untreated or not treated in time, swine flu can lead to death due to respiratory failure or pneumonia.

Swine flu symptoms are similar to those of the human influenza virus. Symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, sore throat, chest congestion, and body aches etc. Sometimes symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea have also been noted amongst people infected with swine flu. It has been seen that people affected by swine flu deteriorate consistently over the first 48 hours and can show two or more of the mentioned symptoms. It is advised to meet your medical practitioner immediately if you show any of the above symptoms.

Swine flu can be diagnosed through a swab test collected during the first five days of contacting the virus and is considered to me most contagious during the first five days of the illness. This period can also extend to almost ten days especially in the case of young children and old people.

Swine flu transmission occurs through coughing and sneezing or by touching surfaces that has the virus on it and then touching your own nose or mouth. Better hygiene and caution are the only preventive methods that we have to protect ourselves from swine flu in the absence of a preventive vaccine. It is advised to wash hands frequently with soap and use an alcohol based sanitizer to prevent bacteria transmission.

You can also avoid public places or large gatherings in case of a swine flu scare. It is also advised to use safety masks while heading out. Though there are a number of disposable and surgical masks available in the market today, the government medical bodies across the world recommend the use of respirators. These respirators are made of many layers of spun plastic fibers that manage to keep bacteria and viruses from entering your system.

Along with doing all of the above, you could also invest in the revolutionary Smittstopp spray that has come as a savior in these troubled times. Spraying Smittstopp on the outer surface of your respirator ensures that the virus and bacteria that settles on your masks surface are killed immediately.

Smittstopp has hard binding cationic polymers that form a long lasting thin molecular film on any surface that it is sprayed on. Cationic polymers have positively charged ions that attract the bacteria and virus to it and then kill it immediately. This spray can be used for your cleaning purposes and also as a hand sanitizer.

Acting with responsibly and exercising caution are the best tools to be used in case of a pandemic situation. Exercise caution and stay well.