N95 Masks Explained

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N95 Masks Explained

When wearing a mask, do you ever wonder why or how these masks protect you? Which mask provides the best protection? Where does the name “N-95” come from?

What Protects You From COVID?

For starters, masks protect you through the filters placed in between you and the oxygen that you breathe in. Particles that are filtered in between the mask and you get contaminated and must be thrown away after usage. You should not use a mask no longer than eight hours of consecutive time. If you must temporarily take your mask off to consume food or water, store your mask in a safe place such as a clean bag or have a dedicated plastic bag.

Mask Names Explained

Why are the masks you wear called “N-95”? Let’s dissect and talk about the number portion first. “95” comes from the percentage of particles filtered in the mask. We can say that your N-95 mask filters out 95 percent of particles of you breathing in, resulting in trapping bacteria, virus, etc. That is why you must not re-use your mask being infected itself. The “N” part of the name reflects on the rating of the mask. CDC states that “N” stands for not resistant to oil, “R” is somewhat resistant to oil, and “P” is oil proof.

You may wonder, “If there’s 95% filtering, is there a true 100%?” The answer is yes to a degree. There are masks that block 99 percent, and 99.7 percent – being the closest to the true value of one hundred.

Be Careful of Counterfeit Masks

Be weary however that some of these masks are counterfeit and can be effective as wearing nothing. ALWAYS, ALWAYS check if your mask is acceptable to NIOSH standards. NIOSH states that the packaging of your mask are marked with the manufacturer’s name, the part number (P/N), the filter name given, and the label “NIOSH”.

If you’re worried about counterfeit masks, please let us know and we will take care of you! We make sure our masks are up to date with NIOSH standards and want to help as many people during this pandemic.