• Flu masks work and you can make them at home

    by  • April 30, 2009 • Flu • 0 Comments

    In a world-first clinical trial of the efficacy of masks, researchers found adult mask wearers* in the home were four times more likely than non-wearers to be protected against respiratory viruses, including the common cold.

    The findings – published recently in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the journal of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention – have global implications and are particularly relevant to efforts to combat the spread of flu pandemics and other emerging respiratory diseases such as SARS.


    The prototype [home made] mask achieved a fit factor of 67 for 1 author with a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) panel face size of 4, a common size. Although insufficient for the workplace, this mask offered substantial protection from the challenge aerosol and showed good fit with minimal leakage.


    Please spread these links around widely. This is vital data.

    flattr this!


    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *