Inventor says masks could help thwart bio-terrorism

Full story: El Paso Times 13
Francisco Javier Puentes sits with his masks that he says filter out bacteria and viruses. Full Story
Chip

El Paso, TX

#1 May 31, 2011
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New type of ski mask with modern day look. This
mask could be used by attackers who don't want to
be pepper/maced/tear gas sprayed while on a mission.

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Ex El Pasoan

El Paso, TX

#2 May 31, 2011
Another gimick to scare the population! Is he going to have a wave of infomercials coming out as well?
Shameless Advertising

El Paso, TX

#3 May 31, 2011
Is this the new way to push products from Mexico on the population by giving this 'inventor' free publicity and advertising?

Looks like something the cartels would wear.
ohmygosh

El Paso, TX

#4 May 31, 2011
So tell me el paso times, this guy invented Juarez according to your headline? Again, very poor journalism and pathetic headlines!
arizona ash

El Paso, TX

#5 May 31, 2011
made in mexico and stay in mexico ....plus not to mention they the so call police may end up shooting u cause u look like u are gonna rob some one
ano nimous

El Paso, TX

#6 May 31, 2011
it doesn't look like it does much. your eyes are still exposed so????
oh and the other day el paso times, you guys misspelled balloon, for the balloon fest headline, come on ept!!!!
what should have been

El Paso, TX

#7 May 31, 2011
ohmygosh wrote:
So tell me el paso times, this guy invented Juarez according to your headline? Again, very poor journalism and pathetic headlines!
The headline should have read "A Juarez Inventor..." instead of "Juarez Inventor". Just add the letter "A" in front of inventor.. Poor journalism, yes.
Charlitan

Washington, DC

#8 May 31, 2011
what should have been wrote:
<quoted text>
The headline should have read "A Juarez Inventor..." instead of "Juarez Inventor". Just add the letter "A" in front of inventor.. Poor journalism, yes.
What they dont realize is that people from other parts of the country can get online and read their garbage, fire the editor (and next time hire someone with at least a high school diploma).
lol

El Paso, TX

#9 May 31, 2011
Look at who does Journalism at EPT? Maybe EPT needs to stop hiring all the Mexicnas that are on a free ride at Jewtep!!! Just a thought?

Since: Aug 10

El Paso, TX

#10 May 31, 2011
American Face Cybershield Protector? The name of the product is pure advertisement to target the American consumer and sell in the USA. What does cyber have to do with H1N1? I'm no rocket scientist but why are the eyes exposed?
Uuuh

United States

#11 May 31, 2011
There are some good news in this story. This man was born in juarez like all juarenses. This man was raised in Acapulco unlike many mexicans who illegally or otherwise enter the USA to be raised. This man studied in mexico city and juarez unlike many mexicans who attend USA schools. If we are to believe this man was born, raised, and educated in mexico, then he is a role model for all mexicans who stream into the USA waving the mexican flag and demanding entitlements. mexico needs more people like this man who will stay in his country to make a difference. (just a different slant)
Puncturing Bubbles

Glen Rose, TX

#12 May 31, 2011
If a petition for a patent has been filed for this mask, it is not mentioned in this article. Neither could I find anything on the Internet where an” inventor" named Francisco Javier Puentes has a patent on any invention, or even one pending.

Doctors have always told me that there is no way that viruses can be filtered out of the air. Mainly because viruses are smaller than air molecules.

The best particle mask ever invented and patented is the N95 mask. It does not claim to filter viruses out of the air, but has a 95% rating of filtering out micron particles. Some bacteria can be filtered out of the air, but no one has figured out a way to filter all of them--and viruses are giants in comparative size.

“Although droplet spread is the principal method, true airborne transmission of influenza virus in particles too small to be filtered out by surgical masks has been documented.2688 Yes, respiratory droplets settle to the ground, but sweeping the floor as much as a day later can agitate tiny desiccated particles of virus back into the air, which may pass through surgical masks and have been shown to be infectious in a laboratory setting.2689 N95 masks are made out of a special, nonwoven polypropylene fabric that generates static electricity to trap tiny particles.2690 No mask provides a perfect barrier, but N95 masks would be expected to provide greater protection to airborne virus than surgical masks.2691 “N100” masks (even more expensive) filter out an estimated 99.7% of fine particles.2692 Whichever, they need to be worn and disposed of properly.”

http://www.birdflubook.org/a.php...
Puncturing Bubbles

Glen Rose, TX

#13 May 31, 2011
It shuld read:"...viruses are miniscule in comparative size." (not "giants" in comparative size.

Back in the 19th century many housewives swore that bags appended from the neck contaning vinegar, eucalyptus and other household ingredients kept germs and viruses away from their children. These are now referred to as "old wives tales."

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