The N95 mask is a form of respiratory protective wear worn over the nose and mouth to help minimise the chance of inhaling airborne particles like viruses and other germs. It is a disposable mask made from synthetic polymer fibres produced in a highly specialised process called melt blowing. During this process, the inner layer of the N95 mask is created which forms the filtration layer capable of filtering out at least 95% of airborne particles when worn correctly.
During outbreaks of respiratory illnesses and during periods of intense air pollution, wearing N95 masks has been shown to help reduce the inhalation of compromised air, filtering out nasty pathogens which lead to illness or which can aggravate existing respiratory problems. Maintaining clear and unhindered respiration is vitally important for remaining fit and healthy and people with pre-existing conditions or respiratory fragility can particularly benefit from wearing face masks while they are out in public and unable to control the breathing environments that they find themselves in.
If you are searching for a N95 mask or a surgical face mask to protect yourself and others from the spread of the virus known as corona virus or its associated respiratory disease Covid-19, or any other potentially infectious conditions like influenza, then you can purchase these from reputable online stores selling trusted medical supplies from world-leading and renowned brands and manufacturers.
Is P2 mask same as N95?
The N95 mask is also known as a P2 mask or as P2/N95 respirators.
What is a N95 mask?
Unlike other cloth face coverings, the N95 mask is a specially designed and manufactured air filter mask. It works by providing a layer of specialist protection across the entire inner surface of the mask so it is important that it is fitted exactly to the manufacturer’s instruction to ensure that it will work effectively. The fit should be tight-fitting and should cover the entire nose and mouth. For this reason it may not be the most effective choice for people with facial hair or for children.
It should also be noted that while the mask protects against airborne particles like air pollution and other tiny pollutants, it can actually increase breathing difficulty while it is worn. As an antiviral mask, your full respiration must occur through the protective layers of filtration to ensure that the air you are breathing through the mask in cleaner and more protected than if you were not wearing a mouth mask. For this reason, you will notice the level of difficulty to inhale a breath increases lightly until you are used to the feeling of the mask and of breathing while you’re wearing it. As an aid to prevent the spread of airborne viruses, wearing N95 masks while in a public setting could be beneficial. It may reduce your chances of contracting an illness and of unintentionally spreading an illness that you may not know that you have. But how you respond to wearing it is also important. Do not continue to wear your N95 mask if you are experiencing difficulty in breathing and always consult a medical professional, such as your local GP, if you are experiencing shortness of breath or acute respiratory distress.
Other ways of helping to stop the spread of viruses may be more beneficial to you and include adhering to a strict personal hygiene practice and limiting your time spent in public spaces like the grocery store, petrol stations, pharmacies and other indoor environments. Contact with public surfaces should also be limited and you should wash your hands for a minimum of 30 seconds with soap and warm water before you leave your home and upon arriving home again after being out in public spaces. Soap and warm water remain the gold standard in hand hygiene as the combination helps to remove oils on our skin responsible for containing microbes.
While you are out and about, you may not be able to always control your contact with other surfaces or have access to warm water and soap. It is ideal to carry some form of hand sanitiser with you that is ideally alcohol based with a minimum 70% alcohol content. You can also carry alcohol wipes with you for wiping down surfaces like shopping baskets and trolleys as well as the handles of communal fridges, doors, etc.
Other forms of sanitisers that carry active ingredients like benzalkonium chloride instead of alcohol are effective at removing most forms of germs but not all. While outside and in environments that you are unable to control or which may be filled with other people, try to minimise how often you touch your face with your hands until you have an opportunity to wash them thoroughly. Wearing surgical gloves like those worn by health care workers while you are out in public can assist with minimising potentially compromised surfaces. Ensure that they are disposed of when you get home appropriately and that you wash your hands again even after wearing them.
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