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Serving Westlake, our face masks come in 3 categories, Non-medical, Medical & Fashion. For Covid, we offer Medical & Non-Medical masks in 2 Styles Folding & Conical Type Masks and Surgical 3ply Masks
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KN95 MASK & N95 FACE MASK FAQs
KN95 respiratory masks since April 2020 have become available through the Chinese Government to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They are produced under regulations GB2626-2006, GB262-2019, and GB19083-2010
Since they meet FDA guidelines they are extensively used by health-care professionals in the US. The KN95 face mask features a tight face fit to create an airtight seal. This mask uses an earloop fastener, unlike N95 masks with head strap attachments. Many favor the KN95 mask design as it is easy to put on. Its design also fits very well from the nose to the chin area stopping particles from bypassing the masks’ filter.
The KN95 respirator face mask insures effective respiratory protection against multiple types, including bacteria and viruses. Thus the KN95 mask is an effective filter to bacteria, viruses, pollution particles, fine particles, dust, smog, pollen, and reduces the risk of viral and bacteria infections
Typically Kn95 masks have 5 layers of protection. The layers are typically high-quality, nonwoven fabric, hot air cotton, and melt-blown fabric. Whereas the non woven fabric is hydrophobic & water & droplet proof, the hot air cotton is soft, which slows down air velocity.
Additional hypo-allergenic layers are skin-friendly and deter further particle penetration. This type of multi-layered design contributes to a better mask design. Speaking of design, the KN95 face mask has a 3D foldable design, as well as an adjustable nose bridge clip to fit better and firmer.
As a preventive measure against COVID-19 the World Health Organization has recommended respiratory face masks. From the evidence the WHO have given it appears KN95s masks are effective against virus transmission and infection. These masks are being used in Westlake 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 recommended. However, the WHO maintains and emphasizes that there are not enough evidence to determine conclusively the effectiveness of respiratory masks like the N95 or KN95 against the Corona virus in particular. Despite this as an emergency measure against Covid-19 and respiratory face masks are recommended.
Even though the KN95 & N95 respiratory masks are designed for a one time use, in light of COVID-19 Crisis and the shortage of PPE supplies, the CDC recommends reuse. Methods for extending mask use can be found at The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
According to NIOSH, the N95 and KN95 can be reused only if properly stored between uses and only if used by the same individual, and used for an extended period of time. Thus an individual may wear the same mask for a extended period of time in one day, after which the mask should be not be used due to repeated exposure and close contact.
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%) KN95 masks have proven effective against airborne viruses, bacteria and particulates as proven by tests in accordance to international standards by regulators such as the FDA and CDC.
Studies however show 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.
Follow these suggestions from the CDC for handling a decontaminated mask:
- Wash your hands with a 60% alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and water before and after touching and adjusting the respiratory mask.
- Avoid touching the inside of the mask.
- When touching and adjusting the mask, use a pair of clean (non-sterile) gloves.
- Visually inspect the face mask to see if its fitting and structure have been compromised.
- Make sure to check if the mask components including the nose bridge, straps, and nose foam material did not degrade (which can compromise the mask efficiency, quality of the fit, and seal).
- Always ensure you don’t leave a used face-mask where anyone can touch and use.
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 indications a mask is counterfeit are:
- Claims that the mask is approved for children (NIOSH does NOT approve respiratory protection for children).
- Attached to the respirator are decorative attachments or fabrics.
- There is an FDA logo on the box or packaging of the mask; FDA does NOT approve the use of their administration label on any respirator packaging,
- KN95 Masks don’t have a TC number or NIOSK logos on them, only N95 masks made for the US market do.
- The face mask has no markings on it at all.
- There are straps for ears instead of earloops for KN95 masks.
If you wish to ensure one’s face-mask is not fake you can do these additional tests:
Flammability: The material in a certified KN95 respirator will melt but not ignite when exposed to an open flame. Fake face masks will burn when exposed to a flame.
Permeability: The ability to restrict airflow, one can test by using a lighter or candle. See if you can blow out the flame by blowing through the mask. With a genuine KN95 mask this will be impossible.
Liquid Resistance: A genuine KN95 mask 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 fit a face mask do this:
- Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly or an alcohol-based sanitizer before wearing the mask.
- Holding the inside of the KN95 mask facing up, place the mask under the chin.
- Take the ear loops and stretch it over each ear.
- Using your hands adjust the nose piece to the shape of your nose.
- Always do a fit and seal check, first by putting both hands over the face mask. Make sure not to change or disturb the position of the mask. You can test whether the mask fits properly by exhaling. if air leaks, then adjust the mask again, particularly 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.