The risk of bacterial and viral infections is very high these days. And it is always better to take safety measures to avoid getting sick due to infections. If you want to protect yourself from COVID-19, swine flu, common cold, and other viral infections, wearing an N95 mask and electrical mask are recommended by various doctors as a precautionary measure whenever you are stepping out of your home,
Here is everything which you should know about N95 pollution masks and electrical mask:
- What do you mean by an N95 pollution mask?
An N95 pollution mask is designed specially to ensure that the air you breathe in is 95% free from pollutants. The breathing resistance in these masks is less than other types of anti-pollution masks, which allow you to wear them for long without getting suffocated. It should be noted that these masks are designed just for daily use and will not protect you from harmful chemical vapors, gases, and more.
An N95 mask helps to filter:
However, it does not filter:
- Synthetic gases
- Chemical vapors
- Hypoxia ecosystem
The N95 masks help provide resistance against liquid, filtration effectiveness, bacterial filtration efficiency, and cut allergenicity and biodegradability. They are suitable to be worn regularly for providing against vehicular emission or dust. These masks are disposable; however, there is no specific duration stated for usage. N95 masks should be discarded once they get damaged or deformed. A damaged N95 mask can cause a lot of damage to your health.
However, you should avoid N95 masks for your masks and prefer other disposable masks or cloth masks. Breathing will be comfortable with those disposable masks, and the basic needs of filtration will easily be met. Just make sure that the mask you are buying for your child should fit them well, and there is no leakage of air, and the process of filtration can be carried out effectively.
- Is an N95 mask reusable?
Though most of the available N95 masks can be worn and used several times, they also have a specific shelf-life; once the N95 gets worn out or its filter gets clogged due to the dust and pollutants, it will no longer be adequate for protection against contaminants.
- How effective is a pollution mask?
The effectiveness of an N95 mask and electronic mask depends on how well it fits on your face. Most of the N95 masks come with a nose clip that enables you to adjust the mask’s grip as per your face so that there is no leakage of unfiltered air at the time of wearing the mask. Make sure to check the cleanliness of the filter for its actual effectiveness. Remember to change the mask or the filter on time.
- How are N95 masks different from N99 masks?
Both N95 and N99 masks are popular these days because of high infection and pollution levels. However, the main point of difference between these masks is the level of filtration that they provide. An N95 mask filters out more than 95% of dust and pollutants, while N99 mask filters out 99% of contaminants. Another significant difference between these is that breathing is more in N95 masks than N99 due to less breathing resistance in the former one.
- When should you throw away your N95 mask?
The pack of N95 masks usually has a mentioned life of the filter on it. You can easily calculate the number of hours according to the mentioned life and use it accordingly. Some of the N95 masks also have a color indicator to highlight when you need to throw your mask. At times, these masks get worn out due to wear and tear or regular use. Their efficiency gets reduced and can no longer be used. However, if you don’t notice any visible changes in your mask after several services but face difficulty breathing, it’s time to change the mask.
- Are N95 masks washable?
The N95 masks’ washability depends on their structure and design; some masks cannot be washed as the filter can get damaged. The outer layer of some masks can be washed. However, make sure to remove the middle filter layer first. Check the packaging of N95 masks to know if it can be washed or not and the instructions about washing if it is washable.
- How much do N95 masks cost?
N95 masks usually cost between Rs 200 and Rs 500. The mask’s cost may vary depending on the number of filters used, the life of the filters, type of fitting, presence of valve, and other factors. The price also varies depending on the fact whether the mask is washable or not.
An N95 mask offers more protection as compared to a surgical mask. This is because of the filter’s presence, which helps filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. The N95 masks are specially designed to block 95% of the very minute particles. However, some of the N95 masks have a one-way valve, making them easier to breathe through. As the valve releases unfiltered air when the wearer breathes out, such masks do not prevent the virus’s spread. Hence N95 masks with one-way valves have been banned in many places due to this reason.