Ebola protection. MERS, Flu and other airborne virus protection.
Is a mask recommended for Ebola protection?
A mask, as part of basic protection from Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, is recommended by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (under ‘Barrier nursing techniques’ section)
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 no. Although, 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 (see our protective gloves).
Key Features of our N95 Masks:
- NIOSH Approved as a particulate respirator (see below)
- FDA Approved as a medical mask (see below)
- Individually sealed to maintain freshness and integrity
- Flat fold design for easy storage and portability
- Extra Heavy Elastic Bands
- Heat Sealed Instead of Stapled
- Heavy Foam Guard Protection for the Nose
- Adjustable Nose Clip
- Diamond Stamped Keeps Respirator Fully Expanded
- Pictorial Donning Instructions
NIOSH and FDA Approved
Our N95 Masks (model HY8510) are approved by NIOSH as an N95 respirator and also cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a surgical mask. These products are referred to as Surgical N95 Respirators. Follow this link to NIOSH (Center for Disease Control) to view the documentation. For your convenience the Surgical N95 Respirators are indicated with the Model Number/Product Line in bold text followed by (FDA). The N95 respirator is the most common of many types of particulate filtering face piece respirators. This product filters at least 95% of airborne particles, but is not resistant to oil.
N95 Particulate Respirators may 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.