The Center for Disease Control, the president, many governors, and many government agencies are requiring or urging everyday citizens to wear masks to further prevent COVID-19’s spread. We believe the recommendation is sound. Unfortunately, this will only drive up the demand for an already scarce resource, making the availability of masks essential to our daily lives. We are here to help.
There are many different types of masks and even more questions around what's necessary and appropriate. So, what should you know?
N95 Respirator Masks
Well, you probably of the N95 Respirator masks. Frontline workers need these masks to protect themselves against airborne diseases such as Coronavirus. They are in short supply.
KN95 Respirator Masks (Buy Now)
These Kn95 masks are rated by the Center for Disease Control as suitable replacements for the now-scarce N95 facemask. Like the N95 masks, they block up to 95% of particles .3 microns and larger, drastically reducing respiratory risk by wearers and are available in the quantities required by stringent quarantine standards guiding most health organizations in the US right now.
The Kn95 is approved by the FDA for use in similar settings as the better-known N95 mask but is manufactured and available in much greater quantities due to its being certified by China for medical usage.
Disposable Face Masks (Buy Now)
These mask are suitable for everyday usage by those not be working in medical field (or other frontline settings) but still interested in protection against respiratory risks. Affordable and disposable, these are ideal for store workers, couriers and other employees marked as “essential” during these troubling times.
Face Coverings (Buy Now)
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. (Centers for Disease Control)