As some of you know, I live in Mexico; central Mexico to be precise. I’m 2 hours north of Mexico City where the swine flu epidemic apparently began – influenza – as it is being called here.
I am sure we all recall SARS, Bird Flu and West Nile Virus. Could this latest case of the swine flu be nothing more than a blip in the health of people around the world? Or could this be the ‘Big One’? At the moment no one knows how much of an impact this is going to have on our society. It would be complete conjecture on anyone’s part to say one way or the other.
The experts believe that it is not a matter of whether, but when, we eventually have another pandemic. Is this outbreak of swine flu going to be the big one? Most likely not. The strain does not appear to be very potent and people are recovering quite rapidly. However, we can look at it as a good wakeup call, so that we can make all necessary arrangements for possible future events.
Masks have the ability to cleanse deep removing dead skin cells and impurities. When you remove these, the moisturizer you apply after is absorbed better and so it does a lot more for your skin. It will help to rejuvenate your skin, making it appear more youthful.
For the wearer of a mask to be protected from the flu, the mask must seal to the face and the holes must be smaller than the virus. thermometer do not even conform to the face and offer various openings for a virus to pass through. Furthermore, the flu virus can easily pass through the mask since the holes in the weaving are much larger than the virus.
With the nurse’s help I lifted my husband out of the wheelchair and propped him up in the passenger seat, very droopy from anesthetic. I hit the 401 and we returned to Bakersfield.
There are a couple different shapes of masks to consider. The first is a soft, flexible mask that ties around the head. These are generally priced cheaply and come in large quantities. These are often referred to as medical masks. A second and more expensive type of mask is the form-fitting type that is pre cast to fit comfortably around the face for a snug fit. These kinds are made out of thin fibers that work to filter out particulates that enter when breathing.
Considering the fact that wearing a surgical masks increases ones chance of catching the flu, it is not a good idea to wear one unless already infected.