KN95 Masks - Why You Should Wear Them
It’s hard to imagine that we are a little over six months into the global pandemic that’s changed our day-to-day lives in ways we would have never thought possible and folks are still wondering if it’s a good idea to wear masks.
Sure, in the early days of the COVID 19 pandemic there were a lot of mixed signals about the effectiveness of masks – even coming from organizations like the World Health Organization and the American CDC.
We even had the US Surgeon General and Doctor Fauci, a lead member of the Coronavirus Pandemic Task Force recommend specifically against using masks. They told us that we needed to save masks for the medical community and that they wouldn’t help us all that much, something that almost all of the experts worldwide have completely reversed course on.
It’s understandable to be confused and unsure about wearing masks with all of this conflicting information. But that’s why we have put together this quick guide, helping you to better understand what we now know about the importance (the critical importance) of wearing KN95 masks whenever you are in public.
Let’s dive right in!
What is a KN95 Mask and What Are They Made Of?
The KN95 designation on these masks simply stands for the specific regulatory standard and certification that these masks have received by China.
This certification guarantees that these masks are made in adherence to global standards to guarantee a specific level of filtration efficiency, a tight seal that prevents airborne elements from getting through the mask, and a use of materials that prevent leakage as much as possible.
It is important to note that these masks meet almost all of the same criteria that US N95 masks made in America, with both of these masks providing nearly identical levels of protection according to international standards and certifications that govern the manufacturing of this protective equipment.
These masks are made of multiple layers of fabric and filters, all of which are made out of high quality and non-woven fabrics and cottons that do not allow transmission of microscopic elements to penetrate the mask itself.
KN95 masks almost always have five individual layers to build in redundancy and extra protection, with the non-woven fabric materials (on the outermost layer and the innermost layer) almost always being made of hydrophobic components that repel water and bacterial droplets.
Here’s How to Wear KN95 Masks Correctly
Even though KN95 masks are very well made (using only the highest quality construction materials available and after undergoing strict inspection and certification protocols) they will not be able to help you – especially against COVID 19 – unless you are wearing them correctly.
There is a huge emphasis on getting a tight seal between the mask and your face for these solutions to be effective at protecting you and your loved ones.
This is why you want to cup the respirator itself in your hand with the nosepiece facing upwards, sticking the mask to your face so that it goes under your chin and over the bridge of your nose before you wrapped the year loops around both of your ears.
You then want to gently press down on the perimeter of the mask to further cement and “lock in” the seal of the mask, helping to protect yourself and your loved ones from germs outside the mask as well as from spreading germs that you may be breathing out of your own body.
The Benefits of Wearing KN95 Masks for You and Your Loved Ones
There are a couple of big benefits of wearing KN95 masks, but the biggest one has to be its overall effectiveness at blocking out the droplets and particulates that can cause COVID 19 to be transferred from one person to another.
Just like N95 masks made United States, KN95 masks are able to filter out more than 95% of the particulates that would have otherwise been breathed into your lungs and your bodies – with a very low level of leakage.
On top of that, you’ll still be able to enjoy fantastic flow rate (which means that the readability of these masks is top-tier) without having to subject yourself to unnecessary exposure.
Because of the disposable nature of KN95 masks (they are designed to be worn once and then thrown away) they are also made to be quite comfortable to wear for longer duration's of time.
Where you may have only been able to wear a cotton or cloth mask comfortably for an hour or two at a time, you can usually wear a KN95 mask for significantly longer than that without feeling like you are overheating or are having difficulty breathing.
Another cool little bonus is that these masks look pretty slick, are a lot more breathable than a handkerchief or a makeshift mask, and are (generally) a lot easier to find and a lot easier to purchase than they used to be before.
Are KN95 Masks Effective That Slowing down the Spread of COVID 19?
Both the American CDC and the World Health Organization have recommended that respiratory masks like KN95 solutions are used to combat the spread of COVID 19.
Health professionals and medical communities all over the world have been relying on these masks for years and years to protect themselves from germs and to protect others from contracting germs or bacteria they may be breathing out.
Though we are dealing with a novel coronavirus that we still do not fully understand, the experts are in almost unanimous agreement that KN95 masks – combined with social distancing, handwashing, and other approaches to good hygiene – go a long way towards helping protect us from this virus.
It’s important to regularly monitor the situation and to pay attention to information released from organizations like the CDC and the WHO as the novelty of this virus does change recommendations on a regular basis.
But we do know for sure that masks are helping to turn the tide against the pandemic and are going to be key to letting us get back to normal life as quickly as possible – especially while we wait for vaccines and therapeutic treatments to be discovered.
Be a hero, put on your mask to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors.