N95 vs KN95 Masks
N95 and KN95 masks are made from multiple layers of synthetic material and are designed to be worn the same way. They are often similar shape and the loops / bands are positioned in the same way. Both masks must filter out 95 percent of tiny 0.3 micron particles in the air (hence their name).
The main difference lies in how the masks are certified. N95 is the U.S. standard, and the KN95 is the China standard. Because of this, only N95 Niosh Approved masks are accepted in many Healthcare departments, whilst KN95 masks have similar protective properties.
What does N95 Protect you against?
N95 respirators have two main advantages over surgical masks. First, the studies have shown that N95 masks are more than 95 percent efficient at filtering 0.3-μm particles — particles that are even smaller than the droplets created when talking, coughing, or sneezing — making them an effective way to filter out germs and bacteria. Secondly is the fitment around the mouth and nose area ensuring that droplets and particles do not leak around the protection of the mask.
Surgical masks are highly effective, fluid resistant and protect against large droplets, splashes, or sprays of bodily or other hazardous fluids. N95s reduce the wearer’s exposure to particles, including small particle aerosols and large droplets.
Look out and Double Check for NIOSH Approval
When its labelled ‘N95 Masks’ on the Packaging it usually means that these are Niosh approved although not always – so worth checking and look out for the Niosh Approved Logo!
Whilst we are experiencing heavy demand and the global shortages, Gienic continues to maintain large stock holdings of all types of Masks.