Senior HTF Member
- Dec 15, 2001
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I have relatives living in Taiwan, and we're trying to find masks for them to use, since Taiwan and all the other countries affected by SARS are fresh out of them. The WHO and CDC have recommended the N95 mask and better, but while searching online for places that still have this mask in stock (yeah, I know, almost no hope, but what the hey...), I came across this post at a medical supply forum:
One of the reasons SARS has spread is that the World Health Organization recommended the wrong mask. N95 has a poor 95% filtering ability of sub micron particulates. It cannot create a significant static electricity that distinguishes a good mask from a sub standard one. This leaves it in the substandard class. The EN 149:2001 FFP3D is by far a superior mask/respirator that filters 98% of all known particulates and can create a significant amount os static in the fabric of the mask to block viruses. FFP3D is also far less prone to leakage because of its superior design and durability. Wear the N95 at your peril, I would have thought that people looked into a mask before being marched up the garden path by the WHO. Asian Governments consider their peoples lives no more than battery hens. The poor filtering quality of the N95 seems to be the hot appeal, not the containment of SARS.Is he telling the truth, or is he going overboard? Your input would be much appreciated.