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The Differences Between the Surgical Mask and N95 Particulate Respirator

September 03, 2021

Do you know about the difference between the surgical mask and N95 particulate respirator?

As a particulate respirator supplier, I’d like to share it with you.


Surgical Mask

A surgical mask(medical mask) is a loose, disposable device that can form a physical barrier between the wearer's nose and mouth and potential contaminants in the surrounding environment.

Surgical masks have different thicknesses and different abilities to protect you from liquids. These characteristics may also affect how easy it is for you to breathe through the mask and how well the surgical mask protects you.

If worn properly, medical masks are designed to help block large droplets, splashes, sprays or splashes that may contain bacteria (viruses and bacteria) and prevent them from entering your mouth and nose. Surgical masks can also help reduce the contact of your saliva and respiratory secretions with others.

Although surgical masks may be effective in blocking splashes and large particle droplets, by design, masks cannot filter or block very small particles in the air that may be spread through coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Due to the loose fit between the surface of the mask and the face, surgical masks cannot completely prevent bacteria and other pollutants.

Surgical masks should not be used multiple times. If your mask is damaged or soiled, or breathing through the mask becomes difficult, you should remove the mask, discard it safely, and replace it with a new one. In order to safely discard your mask, please put it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash can. Wash your hands after disposing of used masks.


N95 Particulate Respirator

N95 Particulate Respirator


N95 Particulate Respirator

An N95 particulate respirator is designed to achieve a very effective filtering respiratory protection device that is very close to facial fit and airborne particles. Please note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 particulate respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings. They are a subset of N95 filtering face mask respirators (FFR) and are commonly referred to as N95.

General N95 Particulate Respirator Precautions

1.People with chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, or other diseases that cause breathing difficulties should consult their healthcare provider before using N95 particulate respirators, as N95 respirators make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe.

2.Some models have an exhalation valve to make exhalation easier and help reduce heat accumulation. Please note that when sterile conditions are required, N95 particulate respirators with exhalation valves should not be used.

3.All FDA-approved N95 respirators are marked as 'disposable', single-use devices. If your respirator is damaged or dirty, or breathing becomes difficult, you should remove it, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your N95 respirator, put it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash can. Wash your hands after handling a used respirator.

4.The N95 respirator is not designed for children or people with beards. Since children and people with facial hair cannot wear it properly, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.

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