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Surgical Masks - A Great Way to Protect Against Influenza?

Surgical MasksIn response to public concern, the uses of Surgical Masks now span far outside of the medical and health care arena. The outbreak of such airborne diseases like influenza has fueled an ever-increasing demand for face masks. However, reports show regular masks provide little protection, as microbe-bearing particles are able to pass through them fairly easily.

Recently, manufacturers of surgical masks have been very busy developing a style of face mask called a "respirator". They provide a much higher level of protection as the stringent filter is impregnated with a germicide that disinfects any particles it touches including microbes. They are in use domestically in the U.S. as well as internationally throughout millions of medical offices, hospitals, and clinics.

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