NOTE: Masks should NOT be worn by: Children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
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N95 masks are the U.S. standard for respirator masks. N95 means the mask has been rated to filter at least 95 percent of airborne particles it encounters. N95 respirators are respiratory protective masks designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.
A surgical mask, also known as a fluid-resistant mask, is intended to be worn by health professionals during healthcare procedures. It is designed to prevent infections in patients and treating personnel by catching bacteria shed in liquid droplets and aerosols from the wearer's mouth and nose.
A cloth face mask is a mask made of common textiles, usually cotton, worn over the mouth and nose. When more effective masks are not available, and when physical distancing is impossible, cloth face masks are recommended by public health agencies for disease "source control" in epidemic situations to protect others from virus laden droplets in infected mask wearers' breath, coughs, and sneezes.
This group of mask includes a wide range of manuafacturers. Some with better science than others. Some claim to filter for 99.9% of viruses. Nano mask are masks made of nano fibers. However, depending on the fiber used and mask construction, the health risk may be greater that the progective benfits. The Nanoparticles used in making of the fibers may end up damaging the lungs.
KN95 masks are the Chinese standard for masks. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has authorized the use of KN95 masks in place of N95 masks for the response to COVID19. Like an N95, KN95 masks are supposed to filter out at least 95% of small airborne particles. However, testing has revealed that the actual performance of many of these masks in the U.S is not consistent and many of these masks are counterfeit
Full-length shield protects face from airborne particles and splashes. Face shields are personal protective equipment devices that are used by many workers for protection of the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids. Face shields are generally not used alone, but in conjunction with other protective equipment and are therefore classified as adjunctive personal protective equipment.
"What you want is 100 percent of people to wear masks, but you’ll settle for 80 percent,” said Rutherford. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown."
(June 26, 2020) University of California-San Francisco epidemiologist George Rutherford, MD
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