In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become essential to wear masks in public spaces. But not all masks are created equal. N95 mask offer greater protection than most face coverings and can filter out 95% of airborne particles. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about N95 masks.
What are N95 Masks?
N95 masks are respirators designed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They’re meant to provide respiratory protection against airborne particles, such as dust, smoke, mist, microorganisms, and non-oil containing mists. The “N” stands for “non-resistant to oil” while the “95” means that it filters out 95% of all particles measuring 0.3 microns or larger.
Benefits of Wearing an N95 Mask
The primary benefit of wearing an N95 mask is that it offers greater protection than most other face coverings on the market today. It helps protect you from breathing in harmful particles like viruses and bacteria that can be spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. Additionally, wearing an N95 mask can help reduce your exposure to fine particles in the air which may worsen existing allergies or asthma symptoms. This is especially important for those who live in heavily polluted cities where air quality may be poor due to smog or other factors. Additionally, there is evidence suggesting that these masks can also help capture droplets containing viruses before they reach your nose and mouth which can further reduce your risk of infection.
Limitations of Wearing an N95 Mask
Although these masks offer great protection against airborne particles, they do have some limitations when compared to cloth face coverings or surgical masks. Firstly, they don’t come with a filter pocket so you won’t be able to insert additional filters into them for added protection—meaning they may not be suitable for people who work in healthcare settings or with patients who are known carriers of contagious diseases like COVID-19 or influenza. Secondly, they tend to be uncomfortable and difficult to breathe through because they typically fit more tightly around the face than cloth face coverings or surgical masks—so if this is an issue then consider opting for a different kind of protective gear instead! Finally, since these respirators require special fitting instructions (to ensure a secure fit) they may not be suitable for individuals with facial hair such as mustaches and beards since they could interfere with how well the mask seals against your skin.
Wearing an N95 mask is one way that you can protect yourself from breathing in harmful airborne particles like dust and smoke but also potentially contagious viruses like COVID-19 too! While these respirators offer superior filtration performance compared to many other types of face coverings on the market today, please keep in mind that there are some limitations associated with them as well including their inability to accept additional filters into them and their incompatibility with facial hair which could interfere with how well the mask seals against your skin. Always follow manufacturer instructions when putting on any type of protective gear for optimal safety!