THE FLU VIRUS DANGERS
Complacency. Many people think Influenza is
just a seasonal nuisance. It is not just a nuisance . It is ONE
OF THE WORST VIRAL INFECTIONS KNOWN TO MAN!
Even with modern Man's advanced medical technology, it kills
over a million people world wide every year with over 200,000
birth defects and with over 35,000 deaths in the US alone! For
some unfathomable reason it is not A REPORTING DISEASE as
designated by the CDC. No accurate records are kept. The
worldwide economy also loses over a TRILLION....that is a
thousand BILLION dollars a year in unrealized productivity
If H5N1 mutates to become the next pandemic ( this has happened
three times in the last hundred years ) it could destroy the
entire world economy for years.
It remains one of the top ten causes of death in the United
States. During an ordinary flu season in the USA, over 25% of
the population is infected with ordinary type A Influenza in
spite of Flu shots . That is in a good year. The shots are only
50% effective for Americans 50 or older and that is if the
yearly vaccine components are accurately gauged against the
prevalent strains coming from Asia. The chicken egg vaccine
production is also outmoded and incapable of ramping up for any
extraordinary Public Health threat such as human to human
transmissible Avian Influenza like H5N1. This ancient vaccine
formulation method developed about 50 years ago, depends on
GUESSES by the epidemiologists and is composed of a cocktail of
three or four dominant strains based on the viral coatings of
these strains which change each year. If they guess wrong as
has happened then there is minimal protection.
None of these Methods are applicable to N5N1 as Humans have no
resistance to this new emerging disease.
H5N1 virus has over 52% mortality. It can become airborne
and it is rapidly mutating to become the next worldwide
PANDEMIIC. There is now a raging scientific/medical controversy
whether in fact any of the anti viral medicines work against
this killer virus.
Avian flu struck in 1918 and wiped out over 50 million people
in less than six months. This was the worst epidemic in human
history and it happened in the 20th century. It was far worse
than the BLACK DEATH in Europe. Sars has a mortality of about
10%, 1918 flu about 15%. H5N1 about 52%.
If it happens again as most epidemiologist say it will , we
will be almost defenseless. WE ARE RIPE FOR ANOTHER PANDEMIC
VIRULENT INFLUENZA MUTATIONS CAN KILL IN HOURS!
In 1918 a person could wake up feeling fine and be dead that
evening and turning blue.
The Mask Controversy Prevention Is The Key!
The H5N1 Viral particle is spherical and from 50 to 180
nanometers in aerodynamic size. Millions are aerosolized in
water droplets and deposited on surfaces or become airborne by
coughing or sneezing, Evaporation in low humidity can reduce
the active viral particle to below .5 microns in less than a
fraction of a second which can easily get through leaky and ill
fitted surgical and respiratory N95 masks
NIOSH Rated Disposable Respiratory Protection Masks.
The N R or P series masks are all excellent respiratory
protection if fitted properly and IF they maintain that
Everyone has an individual facial structure, so universal fit
is problematic and indeed NIOSH and the CDC is now developing
standards to minimize TOTAL INWARD LEAKAGE AND TEST PERFORMANCE
UPGRADES to address this ongoing problem.
Fit factor testing presently only addresses the leakage for a
particular style shape or grade of mask and DOES NOT TEST the
working, donned mask for actual protection on the job! Some
leakage testing even done by the CDC reports leakage factors
greater than 12% using N95 under real world conditions.
The N95 NIOSH tests actually GLUE the mask being tested to a
test plate to prevent leakage during the test. In real world
use only rubber bands are used to try to seal the mask to faces
which are constantly breathing talking and using facial muscles
that can dislodge any attempt at a viral seal.
ID 50 for Influenza H5N1 if it is like ordinary type A is less
than 1,000 particles. This is the number estimated by
scientists in which 50% of those susceptible will come down
with the disease . It can easily be seen that a 12% mask
penetration would not stop the virus from being inhaled by the