In recent times, Facemasks have become part and parcel of everyday life, with governmental decrees and regulations as the onset of this pandemic has spread to global proportions. For this reason, it is imperative that customers remain informed as to what masks offer, the different types of masks available and the general benefits of wearing a mask in this pandemic era!
The benefits of wearing a mask!
If you’ve been guaranteeing for the past few months and you’ve just emerged from your dwelling, you might be surprised to see everyone around you wearing a mask and talking about social distancing. Well, simply put, those measures happen to be the most effective way in minimizing the spread of this pandemic, particularly as we continue to learn more about the virus everyday. Masks, which are a simple, viable and efficient solution, offer the following benefits -
- Masks curb the spread of the virus, both in public, as well as more domestic settings.
- By using masks, you can prevent the spread of the virus to people who are in close proximity to you, and in settings where social distancing is not possible.
- Among the general public, masks have shown to significantly reduce the spread of pathogens.
- In some cases, such as infants below 2-3 years of age and people with existing respiratory conditions, masks may not always be viable. For people with such conditions, we recommend using face shields.
The different types of Facemasks available today
There is a wide variety of masks on the market today, with each serving a different purpose. Face shields, for instance, are plastic shields that cover your face, and are typically paired with cloth masks for maximum protection. Medical professionals, on the other hand, typically use surgical masks, which aren’t necessarily viable for the general public. For most people, the choice comes down to the KN95, N95 and other 5-layered masks, all of which offer their own unique pros and cons.
All of these models are all similar in build, design and functionality. They are generally made of 5 layers, which include a non-woven layer, a hot-air cotton layer, two meltblown layers and finally, another non-woven layer. This allows them to retain breathability and comfort, while also being extremely effective in blocking the entry of minute particles. In fact, KN95 and N95 masks have shown to prevent entry of almost 95% of all particles, which is a figure that is very comparable to the likes of their global counterparts, the FFP2 that is used in Europe and the DS2, which is the general-use mask in Japan.
These masks are also designed around consumer use, and so, are crafted to be as comfortable as possible. With the use of nose wire support and low resistances across the board, these masks are as breathable as possible. They are built with premium-grade materials, making them hypoallergenic and free of any kind of harmful material, such as fiberglass. Moreover, they are completely disposable, so as to prevent any kind of reuse, which can be counter intuitive in combating the pandemic.
KN95 vs N95 Masks
The KN95 and N95 models happen to be the most commonly distributed models across the globe, and for good reason. They offer a great deal of convenience and functionality to the general public, and while they aren’t as robust as medical or surgical masks, they work very well in curbing the spread. While KN95 and N95 masks differ in the sense that they are made to follow different specifications, (N95 masks are crafted according to U.S specifications, whereas KN95 masks follow Chinese specifications) they are, in practicality, extremely similar. Apart from the benefits we went through earlier, they happen to be the most commercially viable masks on the market today. To get a closer look into the specifications of each model, as well as a direct comparison between all of the different public-use masks being produced today, check out this table published by mask-producer 3M! This should highlight the importance of using masks, the benefits they offer and the degree to which they are effective in fighting the good fight against this virus.