As I communte through metro to my college, itz a common site having people wearing masks as a preventive measure for swine flu. But I cant understand why there is so much hype about this H1N1 virus. Is it the number of deaths it is causing which is troubling you?? Then, have a look at these statistics
No. of deaths caused by
AIDS: 29.1lakhs per year
Malaria 9.1lakhs per year
Seasonal Cold: 5 lakhs per year
Heart Attack: 70 lakhs per year
Malnutrition: 5 lakhs per year
Diabetes: 10 lakhs per year
and the list goes on…
Now compare this with deaths caused by SWINE FLU all over the world: Around 2000 or in the worst estimates: 5000
Do you have school/colleges closed for AIDS, Malaria or Seasonal Flu which are casuing as many deaths EVERY HOUR as Swine Flu in total??
So dont panic, take preacutions and enjoy life!!
Regarding Flu Masks, most of them are disposable and can be worn for 4-6hours only. So dont continue using the same mask. USE IT ONCE AND DISPOSE IT OFF!!
And it does not make so much of sense wearing then on regular basis. It is not a fashion accessory!
So, Be happy! Be Healthy!!