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This website contains the entire novel—linked and illustrated—along with information on influenza and bird flu, an art gallery & opportunities to buy personal protection gear and cultural merchandise (including books, movies, and music cited by American Fever's blogger).
 

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Masks, gloves, goggles, and disinfectant are for sale through Amazon.com's digital processing and payments system. Click on an icon to explore a product and add it to a shopping cart. Transactions are fulfilled in Amazon's customary fashion.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Readers of American Fever: A Tale of Romance & Pestilence will find, as the story progresses, that no one can be 100% certain that wearing even a high-quality mask will prevent flu transmission. Nonetheless, I own them and I'll wear them if the occasion arises. The products offered here are all items I have purchased for my own use. There are no product placements.

For further information:

Avian Flu Diary summarized the governmental and scientific community's confusion over the utility of wearing masks in October 2010—one argument being that they are next-to useless.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) commented on masks and respirators on May 23, 2009.

More informative are guidelines from the U.S. Labor Dept.’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) about protecting poultry workers.

An excellent post about safety practices for poultry workers from the California State Compensation Insurance Fund.

REGARDING DISINFECTION OF GOGGLES:

“To sterilize and disinfect safety lenses, experts suggest gas or ultraviolet sterilization. Alternatively, the lenses can be immersed for 10 minutes in a generic liquid disinfectant that won’t harm plastic or polycarbonate materials. Allow the lenses to air dry, as rinsing stops the disinfection process. Special disinfectant sprays can be purchased from safety eyewear manufacturers.”