Comparing Surgical Masks with N95 Masks

Comparing Surgical Masks with N95 Masks. What you need to know.

These days, more and more people seem to be wearing masks to protect themselves against COVID-19. When you leave home to hit the supermarket you see them all over and people all over the internet and beyond are talking about them. Are they necessary? Do they protect you from getting the novel corona virus? Well, it seems like our government officials are not always giving us the straight goods when it comes to masks.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration’s website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19).This is not because they are not effective or safe. On the contrary, they are extremely safe. But the government doesn’t want the general public to think they are because they’re worried that people would start hoarding them because that might cause a critical shortage for the front-line workers like health care personnel and other medical first responders.

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Surgical Masks

  • loose fitting but not designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth
  • creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment.
  • made in different thicknesses which offer different levels of protection
  • may also help reduce exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others,
  • does NOT provide the wearer with a reliable level of protection from inhaling smaller airborne particles and is not considered respiratory protection
  • while they may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets they don’t filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures

N95 Respirator Mask

  • reduces wearer’s exposure to particles including small particle aerosols and large droplets (only non-oil aerosols).
  • designed to achieve a very close facial fit, the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth
  • requires “fit testing” and cannot be worn effectively by children or persons with facial hair
  • when properly fitted and donned, minimal leakage occurs around edges of the respirator when user inhales
  • filters out at least 95% of airborne particles including large and small particles
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ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVES?

After hearing about all the critical shortages of the N95 Respirator masks most of us are torn between our sense of duty to our family while respecting the need to keep our first responders properly equipped. Over the past few weeks, the team at tacticalhacks.com have been searching long and hard to see if there were any solutions to this burning question. HOW CAN I BEST PROTECT MY FAMILY?

Well, the team at tacticalhacks.com is extremely pleased to announced that we have found an excellent company located in the great State of Colorado that is now producing a new product that we can purchase for ourselves and our loved ones, without feeling guilty! Its really a win-win situation. It’s called the KN95 Mask.

 

KN95 mask

The KN95 Mask is certified, genuine and made in accordance with industry standards. The 3M N95 is considered the gold standard for respiratory masks for both medical and personal use but, due to lack of availability of supplies during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, the KN95 Mask is an approved and suitable equivalent according to both 3M and the CDC. Our mask filters up to 95% of non-oily suspended particles of 0.3-micron levels. Importantly, the rounded shape and thicker surface enable our masks to filter fine particles than other masks designed with rectangular designs, which also tend to be thinner and can only filter particles of roughly 10 microns.