Nothing beats steering clear of people, not touching your face and keeping your hands clean when a pandemic hits, but there’s one thing for sure, during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic pandemonium that rapidly ensued, quality respirators quickly became impossible to buy. I know, because I looked. EVERYONE was sold out. The few that were available were getting gobbled up on eBay at ridiculous prices.
Summer is passing too quickly and fall rapidly approaches; with it comes the dreaded …. cold and flu season. Will there be a pandemic this season? Will it be serious? Who knows? Who cares?
You do, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog. If you want some sexy respirators to have on hand in the event it does, NOW is the time to get them. What’s the worst that could happen, you buy a box and they just sit on your preparedness shelf in case you need them? Noooooo .. *shaking head* .. that’s not the worst that could happen. The worst is if you actually have to use them!
Consider wearing a face mask if:
- You are sick with the flu and think you might have close contact with other people.
- You live with someone who has the flu (you therefore might be in the early stages of infection) and need to be in a crowded place. Limit the amount of time you spend in these crowded places and wear a face mask while you are there.
- You are well and do not expect to be in close contact with a sick person but need to be in a crowded place. Limit the amount of time you spend in these crowded places and wear a face mask while you are there.
Consider wearing a respirator if:
- You are well and you expect to be in close contact with people who are known or thought to be sick with pandemic flu. Limit the amount of time you are in close contact with these people and wear a respirator during this time. These recommendations apply if you must take care of a sick person at home.
The 3M N95 surgical mask is the Cadillac of respirators. You can also get them in 120 mask boxes (6 boxes of 20) for serious bulking up. If a serious pandemic hit, these things will be invaluable (got barter?). Having a box of 120 masks means you could give some to friends, barter or sell your extras. Lastly, if you have children, don’t forget to get child size respirator masks.
- Ranger Man
BTW: If you want to look goooood when the flu hits the fan (WTFHTF), and the Cadillac N95 respirator mask isn’t enough, you can kick it up a notch. Flu fashion sells more fashionable masks, but I think the FaceBlok masks are better. Unfortunately they don’t offer information on the actual respirator qualities of the mask. Maybe you’re better off just decorating your own.