H1N1 (Swine Flu): Masks may do more harm than good

BY RADHA RAMANA DAS

Map_20090706_0900I work in a High Risk environment and to echo what is addressed here, few facts need to be highlighted.

Firstly about HINI Virus.  According to basic biological facts, the virus do not contain any DNA as their basic structure as what human have. Basically the virus contain RNA which having capacity to change itself according to environment. So it has capacity to penetrate to any life environment by adjusting itself. To prevent it to penetrate to our body, our antibody need to be strong enough and having a propensities to counter attack of this virus. Continue reading

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Preventing H1N1 (Swine Flu)

BY PRABHAKAR

Thanks to media hype about H1N1, I’ve received calls from several who trust me, to advise. The hype in media about the utility of face masks and N95 as a tool for general protection against H1N1 can’t be deplored enough. Today, a friend who listened wanted me to write down briefly what I advised so that he could tell others in similar words. Hence this short email to friends whom I have advised recently. Please realize that this is not an official advice, especially the one about face masks or N95.Most N95 respirators are designed to filter 95% particulates of 0.3µ, while the size of H1N1 virus is about 0.1µ. Hence, dependence on N95 to protect against H1N1 is like protecting against rain with an umbrella made of mosquito net. Continue reading