Health & Beauty | May 2009
|Dr. Alejandro Rios Talks About the Swine Flu - Part 4|
Part 1: Swine Flu Overview | Part 2: How it is Transmitted | Part 3: Tamiflu and Relenza | Part 4: Do I Need a Face Mask? | Part 5: Should I See a Doctor? | Part 6: Influenza Vaccinations
On April 29, 2009, BanderasNews video journalist Laura Gelezunas sat down with Dr. Alejandro Rios, a local Internal Medicine Doctor and member of the Puerto Vallarta Epidemiology Committee, to talk about the Swine Flu, and answers the question, 'Should I wear a face mask?' Here's what he had to say:
"Addressing face masks... we know the particles of the virus are so small they can go through it, no problem. The main reason people wear the face mask is because they are infected. When they cough they can have a radius of several feet where they can spread the virus and other germs.
If an infected person wears a mask and cough or sneeze they keep most the big particles inside the mask, even though the virus can still be spread. So people who are asymptomatic, (with no symptoms,) and they are around nobody that is sick, putting a mask on is not necessary in Vallarta."
Should you be afraid to travel to Puerto Vallarta? Health Care Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson has the latest news and health reports from around Banderas Bay. (Click HERE for local swine flu updates)