Health and Fitness

Do We Need to Wear a “Surgical Mask” to Prevent Swine Flu?

With the recent spread of swine flu, we could see exponential growth in sales of surgical masks. We can even notice people wearing surgical masks in an open area with no one around. You can also buy different kinds of face masks via

As per my understanding, the H1N1 virus is not air-conditioned. An AIRBORNE VIRUS is that in which the microorganism will survive or remain in the air for a long period. The H1N1 virus does not stay in the air.

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So the question of whether we need to wear a surgical mask or not? Need to reconsider. For example, we could see many people wear masks in crowded places such as airports, shopping malls, and schools. Places like these are full of germs. Thus, the virus goes into a hole in the mask. The user is actually giving breeding ground for bacteria by moisturizing it.

So I think the best way to avoid the H1N1 virus is to avoid physical contact with people who may be infected or sick. We also should avoid touching surfaces such as railings generally for stairs and escalators or even public toilet door handles. Because we need to avoid this virus to enter our system through our nose, mouth, or even our eyes. Remember that the nose, mouth, and eyes common places where we touch more frequently.

So the best advice is:

1. Wash your hands as often as possible.

2. Avoid touching the nose, mouth, and eyes in a public place. (Or at least before you wash your hands)

3. Wear a mask if you are infected to avoid spreading your illness to others.

Flora Wilson