3M N95 1860 Surgical Respirator Masks for Future Pandemic Problems

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!

The Centers for Disease Control suggests you should ….

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.

5 comments… add one
  • Prepared N.D. July 26, 2010, 8:52 am

    I was in direct contact with over 10 people who had H1N1. Didn’t wear protection, wasn’t vaccinated, never got sick nor did my family. If you focus on immune system health you will rarely get sick.

    If you don’t have gloves/mask simply keeping your hands OFF YOUR FACE and washed will greatly reduce your chances of catching a disease. If you want to kick it up a notch, any type of grease applied to your nostrils via q-tip will make it next to impossible to catch the flu.

    That’s what I recommended to my client’s family members and they never got H1N1 while the other family member was sick.

    • Anonymous July 26, 2010, 10:47 am

      Very, very interesting & seems too common sense.

      Without getting too technical (you sound as if you have professional experience), can you explain how “any type of grease applied to your nostrils…” works?

      I have never gotten a flu shot primarily because I believe it hurts your ability to develop the proper “germs” or whatever you call it to fight future flu battles. What do you think?

      • Prepared N.D. July 26, 2010, 1:17 pm

        Many people have drier noses and now-a-days many people trim their nose hair. The grease (vaseline, neosporin) just supplements your bodies natural defense mechanisms. I would only apply a thin layer near the entrace to the nostril.

        Personally I’m opposed to immunizations. Some people do well with them – me? Not so much. I’ve seen theories that state immunizations are better and vice versa – I just try to stay as natural as possible so no shots for me. If you’re not willing to walk the fine line and live healthy – stick to shots.

  • GoneWithTheWind July 26, 2010, 12:50 pm

    For a doctor or nurse to use a mask to prevent transmission of disease makes good sense. It would even be mildly useful for a person with the flu to wear one to protect strangers on the street or other patients in a waiting room. But as a method to prevent an individual from getting the flu in an epidemic/pandemic I think it would fail. You cannot wear it all the time. The mask itself would become dirty/infected. Your hands can transmit it, etc. It would be virtually impossible to maintain sterility for months. Sooner or later you would be exposed to the flu. You really only have two defenses: getting the shot! or having already been exposed to the particular strain. But avoiding exposure to the actual virus during an entire flu season is unrealistic.

  • Jarhead 03 July 6, 2011, 5:50 am

    A suggestion along with the N95 mask is wear safety glasses or face shield to reduce or prevent bodily fluids contacting the eyes from talking, coughing or sneezing. Also invest in nitrile examination grade gloves as they are resistant and cheap enough you can afford to throw them away after single use but effective for handling blood born and anything possibly infectious you don’t want your hands touching.


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