Glendale Junction PPE Supplies
Choose Your Grade and Type of face respirator MASK
Serving Glendale Junction and area, our face masks fall into 3 categories, Non-medical, Medical and Fashion. For Covid-19, we offer Medical & Non-Medical masks in 2 Styles Folding & Conical Type Masks and Surgical or 3ply Masks
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KN95 MASK & N95 FACE MASK FAQs
In April 2020, Kn95 masks were distributed world wide to help fight the COVID-19 epidemic. Regulations GB2626-2006, GB262-2019, and GB19083-2010 govern their production
Since KN95s meet FDA guidelines they are extensively used by health-care professionals in the US. The KN95 respirator fits tightly around the face and thus create an airtight seal. This mask uses an earloop fastener, to distinguish it from N95 masks with head straps. Many favor the KN95 mask design as it is easy to put on. It also fits very well from the nose to the chin area stopping particles from bypassing the masks’ filter.
The KN95 mask design provide 95% protection against all particles that are greater than 0.3 m in diameter. Thus the KN95 mask is an effective filter to viruses, dust smog, bacteria, reducing the risk of viral and bacteria infections
Typically Kn95 masks have 5 layers of protection. The layers are made from high-quality, hot air cotton, melt-blown nonwoven fabric. Whereas the non woven material is hydrophobic and water and droplet proof, the hot air cotton is soft, which slows down air velocity.
Further layers facilitate particle filtration and being hypoallergenic materials, are skin-friendly. Such a layered fabric construction contributes to the mask’s efficient particle filtering and generally better design. Further enhancing the KN95 design is foldable and features a bendable nose bridge to ensure a tight fit.
The WHO has provided guidance and available evidence when it comes to the use of face masks like KN95 as protection against COVID-19. So far, it appears that these masks should be effective to prevent virus transmission and for protection against infection.. Health Care Professionals in Glendale Junction are using KN95 masks. The consensus is that these masks are 95% effective against particles, bacteria and viruses. However the World Health Organization indicates that not enough studies have been done to conclude conclusively that masks are effective against the CORON-19 virus. However, they still advise that these masks should be worn to prevent infection transmission and the prevention of virus transmission among health care providers, patients, and citizens.
Both the US N95 and Chinese KN95 masks are intended for one-time use (disposable design). This means that one cannot reuse the mask. However, since there is a shortage of masks, the CDC has recommended reusing disposable masks since we are in a crisis situation.Strategies for extending mask use for the N95 or KN95 can be found at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
NIOSH indicates that N95 and KN95 masks may be reused if stored properly and if only used by one individual. Someone can use a mask for an extended period for one day after which the mask should be disposed of.
KN95 masks have a filter efficiency of 95%+ making them as effective as N95 masks and better than surgical masks (95%) and PM 2.5 filter masks (60%). Generally, these masks have proven effective against airborne particles, viruses, and bacteria. Their effectiveness was tested and proven through international regulations and regulatory standards of FDA, CDC, etc.
Studies do show however that filter mask efficiency drops considerably after sterilization or extended use. This can be explained by the simple fact that these masks have been designed for one time use and should then be disposed of. Their extended use and reuse requires discretion and they can only be reused if stored properly and if it maintains its fit and function.
Abiding by the Crisis Standards of Care by CDC, decontamination recommendations in regards to handling a decontaminated mask are as follows:
- Before and after touching or adjusting a respiratory mask, one should clean your hands with soap and water, or a 60% alcohol-based sanitizer.
- Avoid touching one’s mask.
- Wear clean non-sterile gloves when touching or adjusting your face mask.
- Look at the respiratory mask to see whether its composition and fitting have been compromised.
- Check to ensure whether the mask components like the nose bridge, straps, and nose foam material did not degrade (which can compromise the mask efficiency, fit, and seal).
- Never leave a used face mask where someone else can touch or reuse.
Not every brand of KN95 mask is created equal and because of the high demand for certified masks it is quite likely some are counterfeit. How can one tell?
- Claims the mask has regulatory approval for children (NIOSH does NOT approve respiratory protection for children).
- Decorative attachments on the mask (e.g. sequins),
- There is an FDA logo on the box or packaging of the mask; FDA does NOT approve their name on any packaging,
- KN95 Masks don’t have a TC number or NIOSK logos on them, only N95 masks made for the US market do.
- The filtering face piece respirator mask has no markings on it *.
- Instead of ear loops the KN95 mask has straps. No KN95 has straps.
If you wish to ensure your respirator is not fake you can do these additional tests:
Flammability: A genuine KN95 will not burn if exposed to flame, whereas fake face-masks made of cheaper materials will ignite.
Permeability: A certified KN95 mask should restrict the airflow. Test this by trying to blow out the flame of a lighter or candle by blowing through the mask. With a certified KN95 mask, one will not be able to blow out the flame no matter how hard you blow.
Liquid Resistance: A certified KN95 respirator has a layer in it that will prevent fluid from passing through. To check this, * pour water into the mask, a genuine KN95 will not allow any water to flow through.
To properly put on a face mask do this:
- Before touching one’s mask, be sure to wash your hands. Use an alcohol type sanitizer or soap and water.
- With the inside of the KN95 mask face up, tuck the mask under the chin.
- Holding the ear loops, stretch it each ear.
- Using your hands adjust the nose piece to the shape of your nose.
- To ensure a good fitting, your face-mask must seal properly. With both hands on the mask, blow out. Readjust the fit if air escapes, especially around the nose piece.
“The KN95 is practically equivalent to a N95 in every aspect,” says Amin. “Customers seem to believe that the N95 is superior at blocking airborne particles, but the KN95 is just as good, if not better,” he insists. “Many N95 masks are also made in parts of China and Asia so the notion that all N95 are U.S. created is inaccurate as well.” The FDA has released a list of approved N95 masks here Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/product-recommendations/lifestyle/n95-vs-kn95-masks-1044184/ See also https://ppe4wholesale.com/kn95-3ply-masks/ for wholesale purchases of our 3 Ply Surgical Mask and KN95 product line as well as the CDC [Center for Disease Control] KN95 test results for our KN95 manufacturer.