Taylor Junction PPE Supplies
Type and GRADE OF MASKS
Serving Taylor Junction & area, medical face masks fall into 3 categories, Medical, Non-Medical, & Fashion. For Covid-19, we suggest Medical and Non Medical masks in 2 Styles Folding Type Masks and Surgical 3ply Masks
Medical and Non-Medical
Medical AND Non-medical
KN95 MASK & N95 FACE MASK Frequently asked questions
KN95 masks have become available worldwide since April 2020 from the Chinese Government to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Produced under regulations GB2626-2006, GB262-2019, and GB19083-2010
Since KN95s meet FDA guidelines they are extensively used by health-care professionals 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 preventing airborn particulates from bypassing the mask filter.
The KN95 mask design insures effective respiratory protection against all sorts of particles, including viruses and bacteria. Therefore not only will the KN95 stop fine particles such as dust & pollen, it also will reduce the risk of viral infections.
KN95 face masks are multiple layered masks, that usually feature 5-layer protection. Layers are made from high-quality, nonwoven fabric, hot air cotton, & melt-blown fabric. The nonwoven material is hydrophobic, and is water and droplet-proof. In addition, the hot air cotton is soft and ensures slower air velocity.
Deeper 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. Also, the KN95 respirator has a 3D foldable design, as well as a bendable nose bridge clip to fit better and firmer.
The WHO has provided guidance and available evidence when it comes to using respiratory masks like KN95 face mask as protection against COVID-19. So far, it appears that these measures should be effective to prevent virus transmission and for protection against infection.. These KN95 masks are being used in Taylor Junction by health care providers. And since it is believed that they protect us from at least 95% of all particles, bacteria, and viruses, their use will be continued. However, the WHO states and emphasizes that there are currently NOT ENOUGH studies to determine conclusively the effectiveness of respiratory masks like the N95 or KN95 against Coronavirus in particular. However, they still advise that these masks should be worn to prevent infection transmission and virus transmission among health care workers, patients and the general public.
Even though the US N95 and the Chinese KN95 masks are designed for a one time use, in light of COVID-19 Crisis and the shortage of PPE supplies, the CDC recommends reuse. Measures for extended respiratory face mask use can be found at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
People may reuse ones’s respiratory face mask according to NIOSH but only if stored properly and if only used by one person. It may also be used extensively for one day but then the mask must be disposed of.
KN95 masks have at least 95% filtration efficiency. Thus they are just as good as the N95 masks and better than surgical masks (95% filtration efficiency) and PM 2.5 masks at 60% efficiency. KN95 masks have proven effective against airborne viruses, bacteria and particulates as proven by tests governed by regulators such as the FDA and CDC.
However, studies have shown that the filtration efficiency drops after sterilization or extended use. The filtration effectiveness can drop even 50% post-sterilization. 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.
Follow these recommendations by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) for handling a decontaminated mask:
- Using soap and water or a 60% alcohol based sanitiser wash your hands before and after touching or adjusting a respiratory mask.
- Avoid touching the inside of ones’s mask.
- When touching & adjusting one’s mask, make sure to use a pair of clean (non-sterile) gloves.
- Ensure your face-mask stucture and/or fit has not been compromised in any way.
- Check to see if the face-mask components, the nose bridge,the straps, the material to see if mask efficiency, structure or fit has been compromised.
- Always make sure to discard a used face mask properly and never leave it where others can touch or reuse it.
Not all KN95 masks and brands available on the market are authentic, and because of the demand for masks, there are many counterfeits. Some of the signs a mask is counterfeit are:
- Claims the mask has regulatory approval for children (NIOSH does NOT approve respiratory protection for children).
- The face-mask has decorative fabric or decorative attachments, for example sequins.
- On the packaging or box is an FDA logo. (The FDA does no authorize the use of their name or label on any face-mask packaging).
- A TC number or NIOSH logo on a KN95 mask. (Only an American-market N95 mask will you see a NIOSH logo).
- No markings on the filtering face piece respirator mask at all.
- KN95 masks have straps instead of ear loops.
Here are some additional things you can do so you can test a KN95 respirator is genuine:
Flammability: The material in a certified KN95 respirator will melt but not ignite when exposed to a flame. Fake masks will burn when exposed to an open flame.
Permeability: if a mask is KN95 certified, it restricts the airflow going in and out of the mask. Test this by trying to blow out the flame of a lighter or candle by blowing through the mask. With a certified KN95 face mask, you shouldn’t be able to blow out the flame no matter how hard you blow.
Liquid Resistance: A Certified KN95 mask will have a waterproof layer that will prevent fluid to pass through. 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 the water to flow through the mask.
To properly fit a face mask follow these steps:
- First make sure you wash your hands completely with an alcohol based sanitizer or soap and water.
- Holding the inside of the KN95 mask facing up, place the mask under the chin.
- Place the earloops over each ear.
- Using your hands mold the nose piece to the shape of your nose.
- To ensure a good fit, your face-mask must seal properly. With both hands on the mask, exhale. 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.” 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.