N95 Face Masks for Bird Flu, H7 Avian Influenza and Airborne HPAI Virus Protection
A face mask, as part of basic protection from Bird Flu, H7 Avian Influenza and Airborne HPAI Virus Protection MERS, Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever and Enterovirus, is recommended by:
Prevention and Treatment of Avian Influenza A Viruses in People
CDC Interim Guidance for Infection Control – This guidance pertains to avian influenza A (H7N9), Asian H5N1, and the newly detected avian influenza H5 viruses in the United States (H5N2, H5N8, and the new reassortant H5N1 virus).
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Preventing MERS-CoV from Spreading to Others in Homes and Communities
National Institute of Health study: Face Mask Use and Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission “Adherence to mask use was associated with a significantly reduced risk of infection.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Ebola)
National Institutes of Health (under ‘prevention’ section)
World Health Organization (WHO) (under ‘prevention and control’ section)
Is the Ebola virus spread between humans in an airborne manner?
Based on a study using swine and macaques (monkeys), the answer would be ‘maybe‘. Aerosolized Ebola was detected in air samples, and some of the macaques did come down with symptoms of Ebola. However, saliva, one of the bodily fluids that can transmit Ebola from person to person, can spread through the air in close proximity. Ever been sneezed upon? Or maybe unknowingly touch an area that someone just sneezed upon or touch with their contaminated hands (see our protective gloves)? For seasonal influenza (flu) exposure criteria the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cites the 6 feet (2 meter) close-contact rule. Of course, if the virus mutates there is the possibility that it could be finally and officially categorized as an ‘airborne’ virus by health officials.
Key Features of our N95 Masks:
- MERS Protection. Ebola Protection. Enterovirus Protection.
- Model HC-NB295F
- Manufactured by Honeywell™ for Sperian™ (Honeywell bought Sperian)
- NIOSH Approved as a particulate respirator
- FDA Approved as a surgical mask
- Individually sealed to maintain freshness and integrity
- Flat fold design for easy storage and portability
- Latex free
- Bacteria Filtration Efficient
- Conforms to ASTM F1862, 160mmHg
- Meets CDC Guidelines
- Dual Strap Flat Fold
- Adjustable Nose Clip
- Diamond Stamped Keeps Respirator Fully Expanded
- Pictorial Donning Instructions
NIOSH and FDA Approved
NIOSH (Center for Disease Control) shows approval of the HC-NB295F mask by NIOSH as an N95 respirator and also approval by the FDA as a surgical mask. This model, HC-NB295F, is indicated with the Model Number followed by (FDA) appearing in BOLD. (scroll to top of page for more info)
Is the Zika Virus an airborne virus?
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Mosquito Repellents That Best Protect Against Zika. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.
N95 Particulate Respirators help in preventing the inhalation of alpha particles and some low-energy beta particles.
An alpha particle is the heaviest and most highly charged of the common nuclear radiations. As a result, alpha particles very quickly give up their energy to any medium through which they pass, rapidly coming to equilibrium with, and disappearing in, the medium. They have a low penetrating power – you can stop them with just a sheet of paper. Since Alpha particles cannot penetrate your skin they are generally not a cause for concern. However, if alpha radiation is inhaled or ingested, they can kill nearby cells. Examples: Polonium-210, Radon-222, Radium-226 and Americium-241.
Low Energy Beta Radiation
Millicurie quantities of low energy beta emitters do not present an external exposure hazard since they cannot penetrate the outer dead layer of skin. However, extreme caution should be taken to avoid internal contamination. These nuclides will have an affinity for certain target organs and can impart a significant local dose to that portion of the body. Examples: Hydrogen-3 (Tritium), Carbon-14, Phosphorus-32, Sulfur-35 and Nickel-63.