posted on Oct, 12 2005 @ 09:56 AM
Basically, both the N95 and N100 (and above) masks are reasonably effective in preventing transmission of currently known strains of the N5 and N7 and
H 1 (and known variants) of the N5H1 avian flu virus. Our office has ordered N100 multi use masks, so as to avoid having to take the things on and
office throughout the day. If we do get a air transmitted strain (and the WHO reports 4 and possibly 5 cases of human to human transmission, but the
route is not reported), then I don't want to be taking a disposable mask off after every patient or every few patients. That would seem to increase
the risk of transmission via air droplets from patients coughing and sneezing in the hallways.
IF air transmission has happened, it will get here eventually.
Wash hands (including webbing) OFTEN, wear a mask in potential exposure settings, and get as healty as possible.
Good luck to all