During the outbreaks of avian and swine flu in recent years one thing you may have noticed when watching the news about infected areas is the fact that many of the workers in the health care industry who were working with infected individuals were wearing half-face masks similar to dust masks or surgeon masks. What exactly is the reason for this? Simple. The flu virus spreads mainly when people sneeze. A person who sneezes ejects mucus droplets that can float through the air across an entire building thus infecting any individuals who may breathe them in. Dust and surgeon masks can help, but only if they are able to filter down to the smallest droplet size floating through the air which may measure down to five microns or less.
Quarantine and segregation can help reduce the spread of viruses such as these, but their mobility can still be astoundingly efficient. For this reason, added layers of protection are needed. One item that can help reduce the spread of the flu virus, whichever strain it may be is a HEPA air filter. HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air and it consists of a fine mesh of randomly arranged fibers, usually fiberglass, and come in five classes: H10, H11, H12, H13, H14. The larger the number, the more particulates are trapped. HEPA class H14 traps 99.9+% of particulates floating through, including droplets carrying various strains of the flu virus such as the H1N1 strains.
A reduction in the rate at which the virus spreads and hopefully the avoidance of spread can be achieved by population segregation of those infected from those not infected. Additionally, the purification of the air from droplets and particulates that carry the flu virus using a HEPA air purifier will go a long way to prevent cross-infection by means of droplet elimination.
If you are interested in finding a HEPA air purifier for you home, office or lab, check out the recommended models by following the links in the resource box below. SABUNG AYAM