Posted by: loveleigh | April 28, 2009

Swine Flu Protection Kit?

artnewspapercnnThe outbreak of the Swine Flu in Mexico has sent the U.S. into protection mode. Many people are excessively washing their hands and even wearing protective masks. Are they overreacting or taking the necessary precautions? With a death toll of 149 people so far, I believe people have a right to be alarmed and take every precaution to protect themselves. I read an interesting news release today about a company making specialized swine flu kits to help protect people from this epidemic.

According to a press release on PR Newswire, American Med Tech, Inc. is offering a specially assembled home protection kit for the swine flu based on the natural germ killing power of silver. According to David Phillips, CEO, the problem with washing your hands with normal hand cleaners is that they contain harsh chemicals and your hands may be clean immediately after washing them but the chemicals make your hands vulnerable to infections just minutes afterwards. Silver ions are used in hospitals and on medical equipment to kill germs and viruses non-invasively. These products were first developed as a cure to Molluscum Contagioisum, a highly contagious skin disease.


Dr. Phillips reported, “Swine flu is transferred by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. Even touching your hair if it has virus that settled on it and then touching your nose can infect you, so we have protection for your hair, hands, nasal, and oral cavities as well. All our products are made hypo-allergenic.”

American Med Tech, Inc spent all weekend assembling swine flu kits from already existing inventory. The company has about 1,000 kits available now but is working overtime trying to keep up with the expected demand.

I think this is a neat idea, but I can’t decide if these kits are really going to help protect people or if they are just a marketing gimmick taking advantage of this situation. Everyone seems to be on high alert about the swine flu, but is a $200 protection kit really necessary? maybe people will think it’s necessary in Mexico, but for now I think I’m going to stick with my regular anti-bacterial soap.


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