In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, face masks have become an essential part of our day-to-day lives. One type of face mask that has gained enormous popularity is the N95 respirator mask. N95 mask are designed to provide protection against airborne particles, and are considered one of the most effective types of masks available. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about these masks.
What Are N95 Masks?
N95 respirator masks are designed to filter out 95% of airborne particles, including small particles (0.3 microns) and large particles (up to 2.5 microns). They are also referred to as FFP2 or KN95 respirators, depending on where they were manufactured and tested. While some countries have adopted the FFP2 and KN95 standards, in North America, these respirators are known as N95s because they meet the American National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) standard.
How Do N95 Masks Work?
N95 masks work by creating a tight seal around your nose and mouth, trapping in the air you breathe in while blocking out any pollutants or airborne particles. The tight seal ensures that even tiny airborne particles such as dust and smoke cannot penetrate through the mask into your mouth or nose when you breathe in. This makes them extremely effective at preventing inhalation of hazardous substances like mold spores, bacteria, viruses, allergens, smoke, dust mites etc.
In addition to providing protection from airborne contaminants, N95 respirator masks can also help protect your eyes from irritants such as dust or pollen that could cause irritation or discomfort without proper protection.
Are There Different Types Of N95 Masks?
Yes! There are several different types of N95 respirator masks available on the market today based on their particular design features and functions: disposable single use masks; reusable cloth masks; elastomeric half-mask facepiece respirators; powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs); full-face piece elastomeric respirators; plus various allergen specific filters for use with PAPRs systems. Each type offers varying levels of protection and should be chosen based on individual needs and environmental conditions.
What Are The Benefits Of Using An N95 Mask?
Using an N95 mask provides several benefits including protecting yourself from airborne pollutants as well as helping prevent transmission of infectious diseases such as influenza or COVID-19 if worn properly over your nose and mouth area when in contact with other individuals who may be infected with a virus or bacteria. Additionally wearing an appropriate face covering such as an N95 mask can help reduce anxiety related to possible exposure to germs while out in public settings like grocery stores or pharmacies making it easier for people to feel more comfortable leaving home during these uncertain times due to increased safety measures being taken by businesses across North America.
As we continue navigating our way through this challenging time, it’s important that we take steps towards safeguarding ourselves against possible exposure to health risks such as COVID-19 by wearing protective gear such as face coverings when necessary—like when going out into public places like grocery stores or pharmacies—and paying attention to good hygiene practices such as proper handwashing technique recommended by health experts worldwide including washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap each time after coming into contact with any contaminated surfaces outside our homes which could potentially carry germs from one person’s hands onto another person’s skin if not washed off properly after touching shared surfaces like door handles!