Friday, May 1, 2009

Swine (H1N1) Flu Concern Spurs Sales of Antibacterial Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Protective Masks and Sanitary Gloves

In response to the continuing spread of the H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu), the World Health Organization on April 29, 2009 raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5, a strong indicator that a pandemic is imminent, and the United States Government has declared a public health emergency in the United States. As of today there have been 109 confirmed cases of H1N1 Flu reported across the country, with one resulting death in Texas.
According to a communication posted today on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, the CDC… “continues to send antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to all 50 states and U.S. territories to help them respond to the outbreak.” Read Message on CDC Website

In his speech this past Wednesday, Barack Obama asked the American public to take the same measures to guard against swine flu that they might with any other flu, including keeping hands washed. By all indications, many Americans are already taking steps to protect themselves. News reports indicate that pharmacies and other medical supply stores are scrambling to maintain stock on antibacterial soap, hand sanitizer, surgical masks and latex exam gloves.

Elliot Zaretsky, founder and president of MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, has seen his sales for these supplies spike in the past week. He notes that the general public, to protect their families and prevent the spread of germs, is now purchasing many products traditionally used mostly by medical and dental professions. Among the many products MaxiAids carries are No-Rinse Hand Sanitizer and Antibacterial Wash Cloths, in addition to Exam Gloves, Isolation Face Masks and Procedural Face Masks.

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