Read Before Buy N95, P95, R95, Face Mask For COVID-19
Nowadays the most discussed word of our world, the COVID-19 Coronavirus, this world-famous various basically forced peoples to do some things sincerely. One thing of them is protecting from COVID-19 Coronavirus by using a face mask. Along with protecting from air pollutions, a face mask’s other duty comes, protect peoples from Coronavirus. I think every reader of this article has a face mask (N95, P95, R95), but would every reader have proper knowledge about a mask? I think, mostly no. It is also important to know that really a face mask helps you to protect yourself from the COVID-19? If you think yes, then I must say it can not be possible if you don’t follow some scientific way.
To know the most important information of masks and how you protect yourself from Corornavirous through a mask (other restrictions are similarly important like hand washing, again and again, keeping oneself separate from other peoples, using tissue, using above 60% alcohol added hand sanitizer, and more to protect yourself from COVID-19) then you have to read this article till its end.
N95 vs N100 vs P95 vs R95 Face Mask For COVID-19
A. FIRST KNOW HOW MASKS WORK?
There are various types of face masks in the market, that cover your mouth and nose. They actually made to ensure your breathing clean, and a level pollution-free, but every mask can not do that up to the mark. Let’s know how a face mask really works for you.
The outer-layer works as a primary filter, it stops all the large particles like pollen and dust, and this layer can stop PM10 particulate, but capable to remove PM2.5 particulate.
The Particle filter is the second layer, and that layer stops the smaller pollutants like as PM2.5.
Basically, the gaseous pollutant can not stop by the primary or particle filter, and as its a solution, some high-end pollution masks includes an activated carbon filter which is able to stop gaseous pollutants.
IN THE AIR PM2.5 AND PM10 ARE MINUTE PARTICLES ARE PRESENT. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THESE ARE EFFECTIVELY HARMFUL TO ONE’S HEALTH. IF THAT PARTICLES INCREASE AND PENETRATE DEEPLY INTO THE LUGS, THEN IT CAN BRING LOTS OF HEALTH PROBLEMS, FOR EXAMPLE, SENSATION IN THE EYES OR BURNING, AND BREATHING PROBLEMS.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), “BY REDUCING AIR POLLUTION LEVELS COUNTRIES CAN REDUCE THE BURDEN OF DISEASE FROM STROKE, HEART DISEASE, LUNG CANCER, AND BOTH CHRONIC AND ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISEASES, INCLUDING ASTHMA“.
Finally, you know filter layers of your face-mask are different and provide different protection leaves. The time when you are in the home there is a better option available than Face Masks, and that is Air Purifier.
B. VARIOUS TYPES OF AIR POLLUTION MASKS
SURGERY MASK (FACE MASKS)
Most of the people use ‘Surgery‘ face masks, this is a simple face mask, that made in different thicknesses and designed only to protect you against liquid and contact. The better quality surgery mask can protect you from droplets, splatter, and splashes. In true sense, these masks do not provide the actual protection which we hope for from a face mask. This mask can not stop smaller particles, such as PM particles and gaseous air pollutants.
N95 AIR FACE MASK
N95 face mask protects you from basic air pollution, it can filter 95% of all air pollutants including some part of PM2.5 pollutants. It offers many designs, if you think about buying an N95 face mask, you must choose its separate air valve design for air exhalation. You can wash this mask and use them for six months.
N100 FACE MASK
This premium quality mask is perfect for the peoples who live in highly polluted cities. It is able to protect your mouth and nose from particles like PM2.5 with 99% and 99.97 efficiencies.
P95 FACE MASK
The difference between ‘P‘ and ‘N‘ series mask will be known to you if you sincerely follow point number “C“ of this article. The ‘P95 MASKS‘ are expensive, not quickly available, and also needed replacement after just 40 hours of use. These masks are not for everyday use it is mostly used for the industrials. The P95 face masks present total protection.
R95 FACE MASK
The R95 masks can stop 95% of particulate. It is oil resistant but not oil proof.
C. HERE ARE THE MEANING OF SOME MASKS TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE NUMBERS AND LETTERS THAT STAND FOR SPECIFIC PROPERTIES.
THE LIST CHART OF NAME AND MEANING IS:
- THE ‘N’ STANDS FOR – Not Oil Resistant (ONLY STOP AIRBORNE PARTICULATE)
- THE ‘R’ STANDS FOR – Oil Resistant (STOPS AIRBORNE PARTICULATE, AND OIL-BASED POLLUTANTS)
- THE ‘P’ STANDS FOR – Oil Proof (STOPS AIRBORNE PARTICULATE, AND OIL BASED POLLUTANTS)
- ’95’ STANDS FOR – IT CAN STOP 95% OF AIRBORNE PARTICLES
- ’99’ STANDS FOR – IT CAN STOP 99% OF AIRBORNE PARTICLES
- ‘100’ STANDS FOR – IT CAN STOP 99.99% OF AIRBORNE PARTICLES
This above list would help you at the time of buying masks. To figure out the table you can open this page before entering the shop, remind again which mask you have chosen, and tell that to the seller.
D. CAN THE FACE MASKS PROTECT YOU AGAINST COVID-19?
Above, in the second stanza, I already said that a face mask (N95, N100, P95, R95) can not protect you from the Coronavirouus. Now it is time to provide you a brief discussion of it, let’s start,
A surgery mask is not able to stop smaller droplets that people actually release during sneezing, one can still inhale and contract COVID-19 during wearing a mask. The COVID-19 virus can spread not only through person-to-person but also it can spread through surface-to-person. By anyhow if you inhale virus-free air through a mask then there is a strong possibility the virus will remain stuck to your mask, and you touch the mask it will transfer to your hands and then from your hands to your face if you touch your face.
To stop this one should need to be extra careful. Whenever you touch your mask, you must use sanitizer or wash hands, and it would be best if you isolate yourself. Self-quarantine yourself and using medical help (if needed) are the best way to stand strongly against COVID-19. I must say again one time, a face mask will help you stop spreading COVID-19 to other people if you have previously contracted the virus.
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