Mask Information Resource from Medical to Cloth Masks

Masks

The Importance of Wearing a Mask

While a range of masks have been used for protection for generations, the COVID-19 pandemic has popularized and, in some cases, required people to wear masks in public. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, health and elected officials have encouraged and required mask usage to help prevent the spread of the virus.  Even those who don’t feel sick may be asymptomatic when they are infected with COVID-19, they carry and spread the deadly virus, potentially to high-risk people. 

During this time of high risk, it’s better to be safe than sorry and wear a mask any time you will be in contact with others. Remember not to touch your face, even when wearing a mask. 

Practice Good Hand Health

While any kind of mask is a good step in protection against COVID-19, they will work best in combination with other safety guidelines. Keep in mind that just because you choose to wear a mask, you must still follow all safety guidelines. Practicing good hand health by washing or sanitizing hands and obeying all social distancing guidelines will help keep you and your neighbors safe.  

Which mask is right for me and my business? 

Everyone wants to stay safe and this resource can help you find the most appropriate mask for yourself, your customers and your employees. This guide provides information on a range of masks from CDC approved medical N95 NIOSH masks to KN95, 3-ply disposable and cloth masks. If you need further information on any of the products, please call us at 703-865-8812 or send an email to info@patriotsafetycompany.com and we are happy to provide clarification. 

N95 Mask

N95 masks offer the most protection, which is why they are reserved for frontline and essential service workers. It has been evaluated, tested and approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). TheN95 mask protects against airborne hazards, which is the best option for those in direct contact with individuals exposed to COVID-19.

Features

  • High filtration, 95% of small particles filtered and only allows particles smaller than 0.3 microns to move through the mask
  • Tight fit for a seal around the nose and mouth area
  • Some options has small valves/vents which makes it easier to breath and avoid excess sweat and moisture from being trapped inside 
  • Adjustable nose clip to avoid glasses fogging and create tight seal

KN95 Mask

Due to the shortage of N95 masks, the CDC has stated that KN95 masks can be used as a substitute for N95 masks and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently announced these masks can be used in healthcare facilities. Both products filter approximately 95% of all particles, which is one of the most effective mask types for filtering particles and airborne hazards.

Features

  • High filtration, 95% of small particles filtered approved by the CDC and FDA as substitute for N95 Masks
  • Breathable mesh, non woven, nylon fabric
  • Flexible ear loops for comfort
  • Adjustable nose clip 

3-Ply Mask

3-Ply Disposable Masks (also known as surgical masks) have been approved by the FDA for essential workers and healthcare professionals to offer protection against large droplets and particle sprays. While they do not fit as tight as N95 or KN95, they can be effective when worn properly. They are also a great option for the general public. 

Features

  • Made with non-woven fabric for easy breathability
  • Flexible ear loops for comfort
  • Can be customized
  • Once time use: masks should be discarded immediately after use

Cloth Mask

As the COVID-19 pandemic has lead to an influx of mask demand, cloth masks have become a recommended alternative as a form of face-covering to help prevent the spread of the virus.  While these masks are not recommended for essential workers and the CDC says these masks do not prevent the wearer from getting the virus, cloth masks can limit the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

Features

  • Includes multiple, highly-breathable layers
  • Can be reused
  • Can be customized

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