Face Masks; Helpful or Not?

To help prevent the spread of the swine flu, many are choosing to wear the infamous medical mask, but you have to think are they really as effective as many people think they are? 

Medical experts feel as though the use of a medical mask for the prevention of the swine flu is a sure sign that there is a pandemic we should be made aware of.  However the medical mask itself should not be the only way you help protect yourself from getting the flu.  

Officials also comment by saying that the degree of protection varies greatly based on the type of mask you use as well as what type of environment you are living in. The CDC does not want to take a firm stand on the issue of using a medical mask to protect you from the flu -- they would rather you limit the amount of close contact you have with infected persons as well as being mindful of your personal hygiene.