Nobody likes pandemics. When infectious diseases begin to extend across nations all over the world, of course that’s a reason for concern. With Ebola and other viruses rolling out on multiple continents, it’s crucial to take action – and quickly. Sundstrom products, like their pandemic flu kits, can help keep you and others safe around potentially deadly illnesses and other dangerous things that might be floating around in the air. Masks, respirators, and filters have been carefully designed to prevent you from inhaling anything and everything that may be harmful to your body. Safety should be the top priority when you’re faced with danger, and you can keep yourself healthy when you need it most with one of these Sundstrom kits.
In order to fully protect yourself, it’s helpful to know more about a disease that’s currently affecting thousands of people worldwide. The Ebola virus (also known as Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) causes an acute, yet serious illness that’s often fatal if it’s left untreated. The very first cases appeared in 1976, in simultaneous outbreaks, in both Nzara, Sudan, and Yambuku, Dominican Republic of Congo. The name of the disease comes from the Ebola River, which is near Yambuku. This deadly virus can be spread from human to human, making health precautions more important now than ever. It can be passed through broken skin and mucous membranes by blood, secretions, and other bodily fluids from both infected people and the surfaces they’ve come into contact with while they’re infected. As you’re probably aware of by now, in March of 2014, another outbreak was document and is the largest one since its origination in 1976. The incubation period for Ebola is anywhere between 2 and 21 days. The latest one is more complex than the initial outbreaks, but this time around, there are two potential vaccinations that are currently undergoing human testing.
While all of that makes it both scary and difficult to deal with (we hate to frighten you), awareness is critical. Sundstrom created protective equipment to aid those in need of coverage. The flu kits they created include: a silicone respirator, particle filter, several pre-filters and holder, ID tag, instruction manual, and a disinfectant tub storage box. The high-efficiency filter has been tested for 99.997% absorption capacity for small particles, such as bacteria and viruses. The pre-filter collects coarse particles to help extend the life of the main particle filter, while the entire respirator itself has a superior face seal to give you a very high protection factor. These kits (available at workingperson.com) are NIOSH approved.
Sundstrom also makes SR 500 Powered Air Purifying Respirators that are lightweight and have an ergonomic design to make it comfortable for you. These are belt-mounted with tight-fitting face pieces and loose-fitting head gear (these look like hoods) that all work hard to protect you against harmful vapors, particles, and gases. They’re oxygen efficient, so you’ll have no problem breathing in one of these respirators…what a relief! While these are great for applications that involve asbestos, agriculture, painting, chemicals, welding shops, metal melting, and more, they’re excellent for the healthcare industry as well. They look like heavy-duty welding masks that are meant to help you breathe better around dangerous toxins that may be in the air.
Sometimes we think there’s nothing we can do personally to stop the spread of the disease. Having a preventative flu kit by your side may give you a little more peace of mind, and even if you’re not exposed to a deadly disease like Ebola, an air purifying respirator will help you block out any harmful particles that surround you. You really can have some control over what tries to attack your body and WPS is here to help!