Swine flu, also called as swine influenza, is an infection caused by any one of several types of swine influenza viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu vaccination along with flu shots. Besides, face masks and N95 respirators come in handy to limit its spread.
Face masks and N95 respirators help prevent spread of viruses and bacteria from one person to another. These mediums work only in tandem with other precautionary measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing.
A face mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device, which acts as a physical barrier and potentially prevents the spread of germs from airborne particles. On the other hand, N95 respirator achieves a very close facial fit on wearing it and blocks germs in airborne particles.
The effectiveness of face masks and respirators in reducing the risk of influenza infection in community settings has not been evaluated. Hence the efficacy of these masks in reducing the risk of influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in the community setting and home remains unknown. The recommendations for their use to reduce the risk of influenza A (H1N1) virus infection are as follows;
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