Want to Protect Yourself but don't know what mask to use? Want to know the origin of the white masks you've been seeing everywhere?
This article will not only show you how to protect yourself from the novel coronavirus but will also make you 10x more knowledgeable about the different options out there – which ones to use in what scenarios and which ones to avoid completely.
With over 12 million Americans infected so far by the virus, the outcry by health professionals for the public to wear masks in public places is justified. There has been a significant increase in cases with a potential for another spike as we go deeper into the fall and winter seasons.
A single cough or sneeze can send 3,000 droplets into the air and one droplet can contain millions of coronavirus particles if the person is infected.
Wearing a face mask helps prevent the spread of the virus from the infected person and also protects you, the bystander from contracting the virus.
The plea by health professionals for people to stick to wearing masks has a lot to do with new research findings that continue to prove the effectiveness of face coverings in combating the virus.
Knowing this, the next question becomes, “what’s the most effective mask out there?” and the quick answer for that is the 5-layer KN95 mask, but we will be going deeper into why this mask is the best option for you in the next few paragraphs.
If you ask the average person what the difference between the KN95 and N95 is, they would say the former is made in China and the latter is made in the US. But that’s not wholly the case because while the “KN95” masks are made in China, a huge portion of the “N95” masks is also made in China and other Asian countries.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Shaz Amin, the founder of Honest PPE Supply, said the KN95 masks are just as effective as the N95. “The KN95 is practically equivalent to N95 in every aspect,” he says. “The main difference is where it’s manufactured, which is in China. Still, many N95 masks are also made in parts of China and Asia so the notion that all N95 masks are U.S.-created is inaccurate as well.”
Some people think because KN95 and (some) N95 masks come from China, they may be riskier but that’s not the case because these masks are made in FDA-registered facilities and follow strict protocols during the manufacturing, which is why they are even allowed for sale in the US.
The FDA specifically recommends you wear the KN95 masks if you’re not a health worker, while the N95s are reserved for health workers.
And, don’t fret about the N95 being reserved for health workers because the KN95 is just as effective. According to Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist, in the early days of the pandemic when there was a shortage of medical-grade masks, the FDA granted an “emergency use authorization” for KN95 masks — meaning they could be used by healthcare professionals in hospitals.
But not all brands of KN95 masks are created equal. Recently, after researching effectiveness, the CDC removed its emergency use authorization (EUA) from several manufacturers of KN95 masks. This was due to a large amount of cheap and fake KN95 masks flooding the market. When selecting a KN95 mask, make sure the supplier is an FDA registered facility and has CE test certificates. You can find our FDA and CE Test Certifications here.
You probably use a cloth mask or a disposable surgical mask and you are wondering if they’re as safe as the KN95… well, here’s what you need to know; surgical disposable masks or cloth masks can protect you when you’re social distancing at least six feet away. Anything distance less than that puts you at risk.
The KN95 on the other hand, protects you irrespective of social-distancing, thanks to its 5-layer filtering technology. No wonder they are now the gold standard for risky situations like flying, taking a bus or train, and even shopping.
The table below breaks down all three of these most commonly used face masks with the KN95 being the only one made from a particulate filtering material designed to really stop ultrafine airborne particles.
When it comes to safety, one advantage the KN95 mask has over surgical or cloth mask is its tight seal. KN95 is better because it provides a tighter secure fit around the nose and mouth. You can ensure a proper fit by pressing down on the metal nose strip. This creates a seal around your face to prevent leakage.
Another important thing to look out for in a mask is ‘breathability’. Can you breathe comfortably? We all know how much suffocation cloth and surgical mask can cause in just 30 minutes. With the KN95, the three-dimensional design and non-woven soft cotton material makes it easier to breathe in, even when worn for long periods.
These face masks are designed to give you reliable protection against airborne particles such as pollution, dust, smog, and pollen.
Where are the masks shipping from?
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How long does the shipping take?
Your order will be shipped out within 24 hours of purchase from our warehouse in Houston and you should receive it within 2 to 5 days.
Are these masks reusable?
No, they are not washable or reusable, they are disposable masks.
Are these masks from an FDA registered facility?
Yes, the FDA and CE certification are available on the product listing (FDA Reg No 3016839371)
How do I track my order?
You will receive an email with the shipment tracking number once your order has shipped.
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