I went on amazon to check prices of masks. Even though we're employing more natural methods of keeping ourselves healthy (raw garlic, mushrooms, vitamins c and d, omega-3 oils, lots of rest, fluids, etc. etc.), I figure it may be reasonable to purchase some disposable masks. I noticed the green masks--those that they are showing on our television news programs--are unavailable. However, there are still the regular white masks available. I noticed the green masks are including the term "swine and bird flu" in their sales and marketing pitch. However, it's important to note that it isn't the color that matters but the type of mask. N95 is what you need to look for.
And do the natural things. Oil of Oregano is also known for it's immune enhancing and bacterial and viral fighting properties as are echinecea and goldenseal. You can find these for reasonable prices through Swanson Vitamins online. One other trick I've tried (for the cold virus but it should work for other viruses as well given it's a huge dose of vitamin C) is to take a sliver off the skin of an orange and, with a clean finger, pinch the skin until juice comes out. Take the juice on the finger and stick the finger up the nose and inhale strongly. It'll knock your socks off but the last time I used it, it was effective in shortening the duration and severity of my cold. I've also been popping chopped up raw garlic, nature's miracle anti-fungal/anti-viral/anti-bacteria. So has Mr. Nina. We smell, but who cares if it's keeping us healthy. I've used raw garlic for years with very good success. It has knocked out most of my cold viruses when taken at the initial onset. And when it doesn't work at the onset, it reduces my symptoms. Garlic. It's natural. And cheap. Better than some damn pharmaceutical like Tamiflu. But that's for another post, another time.