Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can Face Masks actually prevent Covid-19?
A: The burning question. Can masks actually prevent the spread of this virus? The short answer is yes masks can prevent Covid-19. However, instead of wearing a mask in order to not contract the virus, it is more important for people with symptoms to wear this mask. This is important as it prevents people who possibly have the virus from spreading it to other members of society. Still, this does not mean people without symptoms should not wear a mask. Wearing the right mask does indeed still provide a good level of protection.
Why you should use a KN95 mask? The KN95 Face Mask is a good measure to protect yourself. This is because it features a very protective and heavy-duty design. Due to this stray particles are blocked from entering your facial area. This does a great job of preventing the transmission of this virus.
Q:What’s The Difference Between KN95 Masks And N95 Masks?
A: A common question we get is what is the difference between N95 and KN95 Masks.
N95 Masks get a lot of mention in the news and media, because people recognize it as the supreme solution to protect those at highest risk of contracting the Coronavirus due to caring for those who are ill with the disease.
This includes people who are in self-quarantine and are caring for loved ones since there aren’t enough testing kits for them to be tested yet.
The short answer is the N95 is a specification created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), specifically for use for respirators and masks for use in the USA.
KN95 is the name of the specification for the same N95 standard, applied to most countries outside of the USA.
KN95 masks are therefore produced to just as exacting standards as standard N95 NIOSH approved masks, just they’re made for retail in a different geographic retail market.
Q: Can respirators approved under standards used in other countries, such as KN95, be used in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic?
A:Yes. The FDA is working diligently to mitigate any potential shortages in the supply chain and taking action to assure health care personnel on the front lines have sufficient supplies of respiratory protective devices. The FDA concluded, based on the totality of scientific evidence available, that certain imported respirators that are not NIOSH-approved are appropriate to protect the public health or safety.
On March 24, 2020, the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for importing non-NIOSH-approved N95 respirators. Under this EUA, among other criteria, the FDA accepts marketing authorization from Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Mexico who have similar standards to NIOSH. The FDA did not list KN95 respirators in this EUA because of concerns about fraudulent products listed as KN95s. On April 3, 2020, in response to continued respirator shortages, the FDA issued a new EUA for non-NIOSH-approved N95 respirators made in China, which makes KN95 respirators eligible for authorization if certain criteria are met, including evidence demonstrating that the respirator meets certain standards.
The FDA also issued guidance outlining a policy to help expand the availability of general use face masks for the general public and respirators for health care professionals during this pandemic. The guidance applies to KN95 respirators as well. It explains that for the duration of the pandemic, when FDA-cleared or NIOSH-approved N95 respirators are not available, the FDA generally would not object to the importation and use of respirators without an EUA, including KN95 respirators. Although not required, if a KN95 respirator does not have an EUA, the FDA encourages importers to take the appropriate steps to verify the product’s authenticity prior to importing.
Q: Features of the KN95 Mask
A: So what makes this mask so special? The KN95 mask is a specialized type of respiratory device that is useful for blocking large airborne particles. This mask features a very tight fit on the face. The name of this mask comes from the idea that when worn correctly with a proper fit, this mask will prevent 95% of the particles from entering through.
Q: Surgical or N95?
A: Many of our customers ask which option is best for them. For most people, surgical masks are great options to help you prevent touching your face, which is the biggest risk in the COVID-19 crisis. Surgical masks will NOT filter out viruses but they WILL help you prevent transmitting it to others. N95 and equivalent masks (KN95, etc) will dramatically decrease the chances of the COVID-19 infection. They’re primarily used on the front line medical staff that are constantly in contact with infected patients. For normal people, they will be especially useful if a loved one is sick at home and you need to help take care of them
Q: What is a Disposable Mask
A: The name says it all! A disposable face mask is the everyday face mask that you would find at your local store or pharmacy. These medical masks are relatively cheap, therefore allowing individuals to wear and dispose of.
Q: What types of Disposable Medical Masks are on the market?
A:There are 2 main types of medical face masks that are currently on the market. The first mask is the surgical mask which is the normal everyday mask. The second mask is the KN95 mask which is the one we will be focusing on..