What is a respirator?
CDC: A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth. A respirator is used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including infectious agents), gases or vapors. Respirators, including those intended for use in healthcare settings, are certified by the CDC/NIOSH
What is an N95 respirator?
An N95 FFR is a type of respirator which removes particles from the air that are breathed through it. These respirators filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 FFRs are capable of filtering out all types of particles, including bacteria and viruses.
What about surgical masks?
A regular surgical mask will not help you with of Coronavirus. COVID-19. According to The Wall Street Journal :
"If used properly, masks can at least help block some large droplets from sneezes and coughs. They can also prevent wearers from touching their noses and mouths if they are careful. But paper or polyurethane foam masks, also known as surgical masks, don’t filter out smaller particles. Reusable respirator masks, also called N95 masks, are considered by some to be best if they are fitted by a professional. In such cases they fit tightly, making it harder for particles to get through."
What does "N" mean?
In general, Respirators are rated “N,” if they are Not resistant to oil, “R” if somewhat Resistant to oil, and “P” if strongly resistant (oil Proof).
You will need a face mask that is at least N95 or N99. The N rating – mask rated N95 or higher, means is that the respirator is rated to block 95% of airborne particles as small as (0.3 micron). It filters 95% of particulate matter including dust, smoke or viruses down to 0.3 microns in size. This can protect against the new coronavirus.
It is important to wear a protective mask properly. Fit these respirators around the nose, cheeks, and chin, ensuring that you don't breathe around the edges of the respirator.
USA Respirators NIOSH Approved
In a world full of respirators made in China! Here it is the first Respirator 100% MADE IN THE USA.
Not only it is made here but it is also NIOSH - APPROVED
It feels safer to use respirators that are not made in China, in an e better environment, using better materials.
You will see when buying respirators on Amazon or at the store, they carry a safety warning called CALIFORNIA proposiiton'65 Warning which means that the respirators carry toxic material that exposes us to them. Made by this company.
Here those masks made by
● Outer Layer: Acupuncture Cotton
● Filter: melt-blown non-woven
● Lining: Acupuncture Cotton
● Prop: Plastic galvanized iron wire
● Ring: Polypropylene loop
● String: Nylon string
World First 100% Biodegradable FaceMasks
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Finally the World First 100% biodegradable organic face cover for one-time use!
These compostable face masks are ideal for viral protection and the prevention of cross-contamination. This is a sustainable alternative that is as durable as conventional plastic versions.
🍃 Masks will decompose/breakdown within 3 months in the correct environment back to natural elements such as C02, water, biomass.
They will not create the toxic micro / nano-plastic particles that the conventional plastic version does
Ideal for one-time use. Note: These are not medical grade.
🍃 PLA melt-blown cloth, PLA non-woven fabric, PLA ear loops.
All three components are manufactured from 100% certified compostable PLA resin.
PARTICLE SIZE FILTRATION SUCCESS RATE
Particle Size% Filtration Efficiency
0.Sµm - 3µm99%
Sµm - 70.0µm700%
🍃 For context, the average thickness of a single strand of hair is 70µm.
The product has a 6-9 month shelf life - ideal for one-time use.
Dispose of responsibly in an organic waste stream (food, garden cuttings, etc.) or through an accredited recycling/composting facility.
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How to identify a FAKE NIOSH respirator
Fake respirators are products that are falsely marketed and sold as being NIOSH-approved and may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection to workers.
Signs that a respirator may be counterfeit:
No markings at all on the filtering facepiece respirator
No approval (TC) number on filtering facepiece respirator or headband
No NIOSH markings
NIOSH spelled incorrectly
Presence of decorative fabric or other decorative add-ons (e.g., sequins)
Claims for of approval for children (NIOSH does not approve any type of respiratory protection for children)
Filtering facepiece respirator has ear loops instead of headbands
You can verify the approval number on the NIOSH Certified Equipment List (CEL) or the NIOSH Trusted-Source page to determine if the respirator has been approved by NIOSH. NIOSH-approved FFRs will always have one the following designations: N95, N99, N100, R95, R99, R100, P95, P99, P100.
Respirators International Classes
To be sure that your respirators are complied with safety regulations, learn about these differentiations.
There are different kind of respirators around the world here is their technical specifications:
• N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)
• FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001)
• KN95 (China GB2626-2006)
• P2 (Australia/New Zealand AS/NZA 1716:2012)
• Korea 1st class (Korea KMOEL - 2017-64)
• DS (Japan JMHLW-Notification 214, 2018)
Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators
One strategy to mitigate the contact transfer of pathogens from the FFR to the wearer during reuse is to issue five respirators to each healthcare worker who may care for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The healthcare worker will wear one respirator each day and store it in a breathable paper bag at the end of each shift. The order of FFR use should be repeated with a minimum of five days between each FFR use.
Which one is the safest respirator?
Use a particulate respirator at least as protective as a US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-certified N95, European Union (EU) standard FFP2, or equivalent.
Which mask is best for you, and when to use it? CNN
Dr. Abraar Karan, an internal medicine physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School says it here
The CDC's NIOSH lists dozens of counterfeit masks being sold as N95 or NIOSH-approved masks on its website, and offers the following advice on how to be sure you are not buying a fraudulent product:
How do you properly put a respirator on?
Before putting on a mask, wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask
Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks
To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of a mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water