DENVER (KDVR) – When Colorado Starts Delivering free KN95 mask and the federal government will provide free N95 mask to limit the dramatic increase in Omicron variant cases, you might question the difference between the two types of masks and whether it influenced the choice of this one.
First, it’s important to clarify that the CDC officially calls the N95 and KN95 respirators (but we’ll continue to refer to them as respirators in this article). And according to recent CDC guidance, choosing one over the other doesn’t matter in terms of providing a higher level of protection against COVID-19 and filtering the air.
In fact, the CDC recently rated a respirator that fits more than a regular cloth mask as the best choice for protecting you from the rapidly spreading variant of Omicron: “Weave textile products provide the ability to least protection, multi-layer fine textile products provide more protection, well-suited for disposable surgical masks and KN95s provide more protection and NIOSH approved respirators Fit browsing (including the N95) provides the highest level of protection. ”
In the simplest explanation, the difference between an N95 respirator and a KN95 respirator is that a respirator (N95) is approved by the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH – the agency that regulates masks. United States. KN95 is manufactured to meet Chinese standards and is not approved by NIOSH.
However, both masks filter out and capture 95% of particles as small as 0.3 microns in the air, hence the name “95”.
One notable feature that distinguishes the two is the way they are worn: NIOSH-approved respirators (AKA N95) typically do not have ear loops; They come with headbands for a better fit. Click here to see how CDC considers N95 respirators approved by NIOSH.
CDC warns, however, that approximately 60% of KN95 NIOSH respirators will be evaluated during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. do not meet the requirements they were intended to meet, which means they can be fake.
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