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H1N1 flu virus creates extraordinary demand for N95 masks

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Aug '09
The fast spreading epidemic; the H1N1 flu virus has created a extraordinary demand for a particular grade of face masks in the Indian markets and the 'N95' mask seems to be the most favoured since it has wherewithal to protect a person from the virus.

The N95 masks protect wearers from being splashed in the mouth with body fluids. They also remind wearers not to touch their mouth or nose, which could otherwise transfer viruses and bacteria after having touched a contaminated surface.

The N95 mask is recommended by the Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) as the minimum respiratory protection required for the Swine Flu virus.

The name N95 came from the fact that these masks are expected to filter a minimum of 95 percent of all air particulates that are 3 microns or larger and are available in two grades; industrial and surgical.

Most of these masks are manufactured from non-woven fabrics and are mainly spun bonded polypropylene and the masks are available in different varieties of grams per sq metres.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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