Selection from Surgical Masks and N95 Respirators
The FDA regulates surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators differently based on their intended use.
- An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s.
- A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. These are often referred to as face masks, although not all face masks are regulated as surgical masks. Note that the edges of the mask are not designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. However, a surgical mask is useful for block most chance of infected virus, it is far more better than not wear masks.
- The similarities among surgical masks and surgical N95s are:
- They are tested for fluid resistance, filtration efficiency (particulate filtration efficiency and bacterial filtration efficiency), flammability and biocompatibility.
- They should not be shared or reused.
- NIOSH N95 Certified Particulate Respirator CDC Medical Approved With Valve SH2550V 1box of 10pcs
- 3M 8210CN N95 particulate respirator mask medical surgical NIOSH original 1box of 20pcs
- Safety Visor Adjustable Face Cover Shield Transparent Full Face Protective Mask Facial Hat x10pcs
- NIOSH N95 Particulate Respirator Medical facemask FDA CDC NIOSH approved GIKO1200 1box of 20pcs