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All You Need to Know About N95 Masks

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A recent study found that N95 and KN95 masks are the two types that provide the best protection against COVID, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on February 4. To keep the public aware of mask-wearing, the Biden administration announced its intention to give away 400 million N95 masks at a recent press briefing.

With a 95% filtration rate, you'll want to have your N95 mask on as soon as possible.

Want to know more about N95 masks and where to get the free ones? To know more here about the N95 mask manufacturer.

What is an N95 mask?

An N95 mask is a disposable filtering facepiece respirator with two straps. The “N” represents the facepiece's respirator rating letter class. In this case, it means “Oil-Free”, which means that if there are no oil-based particles, you can safely wear the mask in the work environment and in public places.

These masks are not intended to protect against gases or vapors.

How is it different from a cloth mask?

An N95 will fit your face more closely compared to a cloth mask. Compared to a cloth mask, the N95 will also protect the wearer from harmful airborne particles or viruses. The CDC states that an N95 mask “filters at least 95% of airborne particles.”

Additionally, recent studies found that both N95 and KN95 masks reduced positive COVID tests by 83 percent. That compares to 66% for surgical masks and 56% for cloth masks, according to a real-world study published by the CDC.

Where can I get a free N95 mask?

On January 19, the Biden administration announced its intention to give away 400 million N95 masks to the American people beginning in the last week of January. These masks can be picked up at community health centers and pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Kroger, and other large retailers.

How many times can I reuse an N95 mask?

While you can't keep wearing your same N95 mask forever, you can reuse it up to five times or up to 40 hours. Experts recommend changing your mascara every day and rotating them if you have more than one. Wash your hands before and after handling the mask and before storing it in a cool, dry place.

Reasons to throw away your N95 mask:

  • Gets damp or wet
  • Is visibly dirty or stained
  • The straps are stretched.
  • The mask is starting to fray.
  • You've been around someone with COVID

Who makes N95 masks?

Not surprisingly, various manufacturers make different styles of N95 masks. Those companies include Honeywell, 3M, Moldex, and Draeger.

Public health officials have warned the public that counterfeit N95 masks that may be sold online are not as effective as those from a reputable manufacturer. Look for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) approval number and you'll know you have a genuine mask in your hands.


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