Types of Face Masks

Types of Face Masks

NOTE: Masks should NOT be worn by: Children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

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Nano Masks

This group of mask includes a wide range of manuafacturers. Some with better science than others. Some claim to filter for 99.9% of viruses. Nano mask are masks made of nano fibers. However, depending on the fiber used and mask construction, the health risk may be greater that the progective benfits. The Nanoparticles used in making of the fibers may end up damaging the lungs.

KN95 Masks

KN95 masks are the Chinese standard for masks. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has authorized the use of KN95 masks in place of N95 masks for the response to COVID19. Like an N95, KN95 masks are supposed to filter out at least 95% of small airborne particles. However, testing has revealed that the actual performance of many of these masks in the U.S is not consistent and many of these masks are counterfeit

Face Shields/Splash Shields

Full-length shield protects face from airborne particles and splashes. Face shields are personal protective equipment devices that are used by many workers for protection of the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids. Face shields are generally not used alone, but in conjunction with other protective equipment and are therefore classified as adjunctive personal protective equipment.

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Wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown.

"What you want is 100 percent of people to wear masks, but you’ll settle for 80 percent,” said Rutherford. In one simulation, researchers predicted that 80 percent of the population wearing masks would do more to reduce COVID-19 spread than a strict lockdown."

(June 26, 2020) University of California-San Francisco epidemiologist George Rutherford, MD

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If you are a mask manufacturer and want your face mask to be considered for publication on our website, please send a sample supply for review along with a press release. We'll then donate your masks to local organizations including medical personnel and front line workers. Only quality masks will be considered for review and highlighted on our website.