Reduce Your Risk Of Contracting COVID -19

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Surgical Style Mask

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What is the difference between masks and what to choose?

Center for Disease Control

The Center for Disease Control has been promoting masks as a way for the wearer to prevent transmissions to others but wearing a medical-style mask also reduces your risk of inhaling airborne illnesses through the nose or mouth.

Wearing Your mask

Wearing ANY mask reduces major entry points for airborne illnesses through the nose or mouth. There are different kinds of face masks designed for different tasks. but wearing any mask reduces hand contact with the nose or mouth, the major entry points for the virus into the body.

FDA Certified Type II mask

Our FDA Certified Type II mask is what many surgeons wear. It is lightweight and provides excellent protection through its triple filtration face barrier. It comfortably wraps around the nose, mouth and under the chin. Unlike a close-fitted KN95 mask, it is not designed to provide an air-tight seal. A Type II mask provides significantly greater virus filtration protection than a simple dust or particle mask, as well as homemade masks. But aerosolized COVID-19 virus droplets can potentially travel unfiltered around the mask perimeter and into your bronchial system. It is more affordable than a KN95 and is more comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Quality and Standard

It’s a matter of what organization has certified the mask. They essentially work the same. N95s are certified by the US Federal Drug Administration. KN95s are certified by China and other countries or groups of countries. Our KN95 mask is CE-certified, an organization whose certification is accepted in virtually all of Europe. Many China manufacturers of KN95s normally sell to only CE countries so they don’t apply for US FDA certification which costs many thousands of dollars.

Smart choice for everyone

Both masks protect wearers if they touch an infected surface and then touch their faces above the mask. Whichever style you decide is right for you, note that all masks are traditionally designed for one-time use. You may get several wearing out of a mask but it is recommended that the mask be discarded if you touch it after touching any surface you aren’t 100% sure has been disinfected, as well as when they get dirty.

Quality=Safety

How To Know If Your Mask Is The Real 3-Ply Surgical Mask?

The 3-ply surgical mask has become the most sought-after commodity during the Covid-19 pandemic, with many buying what they can get their hands on. However, the quality of different brands may vary wildly, though the masks may look the same. How do you tell if a surgical mask is real or fake?

If you cut open your mask, you should see a very obvious 3-layers. The 3 layers would typically consist of an outer hydrophobic non-woven layer (translucent), middle melt-blown layer (white), and an inner soft absorbent non-woven layer (green, blue, or white). If you don’t have those 3 layers, then it is not a 3-ply mask.

The middle layer of a surgical mask is a melt-blown fabric, not made with paper, therefore, if you light it with a flame, it will not burn like paper. Instead, it melts without flame. If your mask catches fire, then it is not a 3-ply mask.

The outer-most layer is designed to be waterproof. Pour some water onto the outer layer and you should be able to see that the mask repels water properly. If the other side gets damp, it is not a 3-ply mask.

There is an electrostatic effect in the melt-blown layer. If you tear the melt-blown layer into strips, you will feel the electrostatic adsorption effect, and you can also adsorb the melt-blown layer on stainless steel due to its large amount of electric charge. If your mask does not electrostatically adsorb any strips, it is not a 3-ply mask.

The middle layer, which is used to trap bacteria from entering or exiting the mask, should not be too porous. This will ensure the mask can catch the percentage of bacteria it’s supposed to. If your mask’s middle layer is too porous, it is not a 3-ply mask.

3-ply surgical mask is designed with a middle melt-blown layer that is critical as a filter to contain droplets by electrostatically adsorbing them on the surface hence it cannot infiltrate the mask; while the inner layer is intended to absorb water, sweat and spit. This will ensure extinguishing fire with your breath is highly impossible. If you can extinguish a fire easily with your breath while wearing the mask, it is not a 3-ply mask.

The innermost layer is designed to absorb moisture such as saliva, mucus and sneeze droplets. This ensures when a user sneezes, the mask will be able to contain the droplets, which will not remain smeared on the wearer’s face. If your mask’s inner layer is not water-absorbent, it is not a proper 3-ply mask.

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Knowledge is Power

The difference of 3-ply surgical mask to fashion masks or ordinary hygiene mask

Fashion masks/dust masks

Just to note, fashion masks, ordinary disposable dust masks or 2-ply hygiene masks will not protect you from the virus. Made from washable cotton or sponge that is reusable. They are mainly designed to protect against air pollution or pollen allergy, but useless against viruses and bacteria.

 

Ordinary 2-ply hygiene mask

Made from fabric or non-woven material which is also disposable but lacks a melt-blown filter layer, so these face masks are useless against haze, viruses, and bacteria.

Know your difference before placing an order

The biggest difference between a 3-ply surgical mask and an ordinary face mask is the melt-blown layer in a surgical mask. The melt-blown layer in a 3-ply surgical mask is essentially a filter, the droplets containing viruses will be electrostatically adsorbed on the surface and cannot infiltrate the mask. If your mask is properly fitted, the surgical mask will create a basic barrier between your mouth and nose and the viruses. We hope this article helps. Share it with people you care about and stay safe at home!

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