Disease are spreading and swine flu toll has reached 1800 in India. More and more people are seen wearing mask, but are those mask of any help? “. .Swine flu virus travel through the air in droplets when someone with infection coughs, sneezes or talks (yes, TALKS!) or you can pick up the germs from an objects’ such as a telephone or computer keyboard and then transfer them to your eyes, nose or mouth. . .”-mayoclinic.org
So, flu mask would only block air borne germs. It may also help in preventing germs to travel from your hand to mouth or nose. But flu mask or not simple mask made out of cloth, they are either surgical mask or N95 respirators that work well for few hours of the day, meaning that they should be disposed after few hours of use and must not be used twice. Surgical mask are a must have for those who are in direct contact of Swine Flu patients like patients attendants, nurses etc. It is not recommended for general people like us. It is also in some section of media that clothed mask costing a mere 10 INR to 30 INR are now being sold at around 200-300 INR. Surely, some people are making Swine Flu a source a money making business and ill-informed people are well victimized.