Best Particulate Respirator for Ebola Outbreak


3M Particulate Respirator 8233, N100

3M Particulate Respirator 8233, N100


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© 2014 Shanna Lea

When someone has the flu, you know it’s only a matter of time before those who come in contact with that person also get the flu. The concept is true about Ebola also.

When you’re around someone who has the flu, your risks multiply. The solution is to avoid contact with those who are symptomatic, but that’s not always easy. And since Ebola shows the same symptoms as flu, it would be easy to dismiss the seriousness of the situation.



Symptoms the flu and Ebola share:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough

You see that dismissing flu symptoms usually is not life threatening (although even the flu kills some people each year). But dismissing Ebola symptoms can be. Even though the odds of dying aren’t as great as they once were, it’s still a big chance. Your best chance at survival is to protect yourself before you are exposed to it.

A respirator mask is the best way to protect you. It protects you from breathing in the pathogens from an Ebola stricken person if they sneeze or cough into the air.

A respirator mask is designed to block pathogens from entering your nose or mouth. By blocking these pathogens, you increase your protection from Ebola contaminants.

But not all respirator masks are effective against pathogens and particles, so look for brands that have high ratings in safety and customer satisfaction. The 3M Particulate Respirator 8233 fits these requirements. This respirator is also NIOSH approved disposable mask that has a top rated filtration protection of 99.97%. The material inside the respirator is made for comfort and long usage.

The mask has a cup that gives the respirator a snug fit. The nose clip is flexible for each individual’s needs and prevents condensation from building up in the safety goggles that you need as well.

The Cool Flow Exhalation Valve makes the mask comfortable to wear—even in hot weather. This respirator also has a good seal and adjustable straps for a tight, protective fit.

Features of the 3M Particulate Respirator 8233 N100

  • Material made for comfort and long usage
  • Cup provides snug fit
  • Flexible nose clip for better fit and prevent build up of condensation in goggles
  • Cool Flow Exhalation Valve
  • Good tight seal for protection
  • NIOSH approved
  • High ratings in safety and customer satisfaction


Sources for supplies:

3M Particulate Respirator 8233, N100

N95 Respirator mask with Valve

DEWALT DPG82-11C Concealer Clear Anti-Fog Dual Mold Safety Goggle

Dynarex Black Nitrile Exam Gloves

DuPont TY127S Tyvek Disposable Coverall with Hood

Blue Shoe Covers

EBOLA Wells Lamont 174L Blue Heavy Duty PVC Supported Gauntlet Cuff


Official Department of Defense Pandemic Flu Preparedness & Protection Kit NSN 6545-01-566-9074

QuakeKare Deluxe Pandemic Flu Kit

Purell Pump Bottle

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack

Braun Ear Thermometer

Books to read:

Ebola Outbreak—Prepare Now to Survive Later

The Hot Zone

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Virus Hunter: Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World


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