Mission Junction PPE Supplies
Choose Your Grade & Type of face respirator MASK
Serving Mission Junction & area, our face masks come in 3 types, Medical, Non-Medical, & Fashion. For Covid, we sell non-medical and medical masks in 2 Styles Folding & Conical Type Masks and Surgical or 3ply Masks
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KN95 MASK & N95 FACE MASK FAQs
KN95 masks since April 2020 have become available through the Chinese Government to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Their production is governed by regulations GB2626-2006, GB262-2019, and GB19083-2010.
Healthcare professionals extensively use the KN95 respirators since they meet the FDA guidelines and international standards in the US. The KN95 respirator features a tight fit to the face and thus create an airtight seal. KN95s features an earloop fastener, unlike N95 masks with head strap attachments. Many favor the KN95 mask design due to how easy to put on. Its design also fits very well from the nose to the chin area stopping particles from bypassing the mask filter.
The KN95 is your first defense against air borne particles including viruses and bacteria stopping 95% of all particles greater than 0.3m in diameter. Therefore not only will KN95 mask design stop fine particles such as dust & pollen, it also will reduce the risk of viral infections.
Typically Kn95 masks have 5 layers of protection. Layers are typically high-quality, hot air cotton, melt-blown nonwoven fabric. The nonwoven fabric is hydrophobic, & is water & droplet-proof. In addition, the hot air cotton is soft ensuring lower air velocity.
Further layers ensure 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 ensuring an air-tight fit.
As a preventive measure against COVID-19 the WHO has recommended KN95s. From the evidence they have given it appears KN95s masks are effective against virus transmission and infection. These masks are being used in Mission Junction by health care providers. And since the consensus is they protect us from at least 95% of all particles, bacteria, and viruses, their use will be recommended. However, the WHO maintains and emphasizes that there are currently NOT ENOUGH studies to evaluate the effectiveness of respiratory masks like the KN95 or N95 against the Corona virus in particular. However, they still advise that these masks should be worn to prevent infection transmission and virus transmission among health care providers, patients, and citizens.
Even though the KN95 & N95 masks are designed for a one time use, in light of COVID-19 Crisis and the shortage of PPE supplies, the CDC recommends reuse. Strategies for extended respiratory face mask use can be found at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
NIOSH indicates that N95 & KN95 masks may be reused if stored properly & if only used by one person. One can use a respiratory mask for an extended period for one day after which the mask should not be used.
KN95 masks filter effiency is 95%+ making them as effective as N95 masks and better than PM 2.5 filter masks (60%) & surgical masks (95%) Generally, these masks have proven effective against airborne viruses, bacteria and particulates. Their efficiency was tested and proven through international regulations and regulatory standards of FDA, CDC, etc.
However, studies have shown that the filtration efficiency drops after sterilization or extended use. The filtration efficiency can drop even 50% post-sterilization. This is simply because face-mask 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 CDC, one should follow these measures:
- Wash your hands with soap and water or a 60% alcohol based sanitiser before and after touching and adjusting the respiratory mask.
- Avoid touching your mask.
- When touching & adjusting your mask, use clean (non-sterile) gloves.
- Look at the respiratory mask to ensure if its composition and fitting have been compromised.
- It is important to ensure that the integrity of the mask structure fit and material has not been compromised.
- Discard a used face mask properly and never leave it exposed, where other people can touch it or use it.
Not all KN95 masks or brands are created equal, and because of the shortage of the masks, there are many counterfeits. Some of the signs a mask is counterfeit are:
- The respirator mask has official approval for use by children. No masks have been sanctioned by NIOSH for children.
- The face-mask has decorative fabric or decorative attachments, e.g. sequins.
- On the box or packaging is an FDA logo. (The FDA does no authorize the use of their name or label on any respirator packaging).
- There is a TC number or NIOSH logo stamped on a KN95 mask. (Only an American-market N95 mask will have a NIOSH logo).
- No markings on the face mask whatsoever.
- There are straps for ears instead of earloops for KN95 masks.
Here are some more tips to know if a KN95 face-mask isn’t fake:
Flammability: A genuine KN95 will melt but not burn if exposed to a flame, whereas fake respirators made of cheaper materials will ignite.
Permeability: if a mask is KN95 certified, it restricts the airflow. Test this by trying to blow out the flame of a lighter or candle by blowing through the mask. With a KN95 rated face mask, you shouldn’t be able to blow out the flame no matter how hard one blows.
Liquid Resistance: A Certified KN95 mask will have a layer that will prevent the passage of fluid. You can test this by pouring some water into the mask. A certified KN95 mask will contain all water without leaking, while a counterfeit mask will allow water through.
To properly fit a face mask do this:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer before wearing your mask.
- Holding the earloop mask and nosepiece facing up, place your mask under your chin.
- Take the ear loops and stretch it around each ear.
- Position and adjust the mask on your nose by using both hands. Mold the nosepiece to the shape of your nose and push downwards on both sides of the nosepiece.
- To ensure a good fitting, your respirator must seal properly. With both hands on the mask, blow out. Readjust the fit if air leaks, 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.” Listed by FDA here are their approved KN95 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.