N95 / KN95 Mask Ultimate Guide
What is a KN95 / N95 Mask?
The KN95 mask is a type of disposable respirator, which are also known as filtering facepiece respirators, or FFRs.
The best known such respirator mask in the US is the N95, which is made in & regulated by the United States.
Other equivalent masks are made in other regions and are known by different names, such as:
- KN95 (China)
- FFP2 (Europe)
- P2 (Australia & New Zealand)
- Korea 1st Class (Korea)
- DS (Japan)
Which is Better - the KN95 or N95?
According to the FDA, and a 3M technical bulletin, N95 and KN95 masks are equivalents. This means they are both safe & meet virtually all the same specifications. As their names suggest, they are both able to filter out 95% of airborne particulates.
What is the KN95 Mask Protection Level?
How does a KN95 work? KN95 masks have 95% filtration efficiency and are recommended by the FDA and the CDC as one of many public safety measures to be used against the spread of the novel coronavirus & COVID-19.
Our KN95 masks have 5 layers for optimal protection.
Is the KN95 Certified?
While no foreign mask can be NIOSH-approved, the FDA has approved KN95 masks to be used in the United States since April 3, 2020.
In addition, you can take comfort in the fact that Fast Med Equipment's mask factories are both FDA-certified, as well as CE (Europe) certified. We take your safety seriously & would be happy to send you all the documentation.
Is the KN95 reusable?
How long does a mask last? According to the CDC, extended use, or reuse of respirator masks, is unlikely to degrade respiratory protection. However, there are obvious exceptions, such as contamination & the mask's ability to maintain fit & function.
Be sure to protect the mask as much as possible (such as with a face shield, exercise strict hand hygiene during use & dispose of the mask if it comes into contact with a patient's or other people's fluids or aerosolizes particles.
If you can, use multiple masks & rotate them so you are not using the same mask within a 72-hour period.
For more information, read the CDCs recommendations for extended use & resuse.
How Do you Clean a KN95 Mask?
There is really no great way to clean your mask at home. You should definitely keep the mask away from bleach, alcohol, soapy water & the microwave.
However, in a healthcare setting, you can try one of these methods:
- Vaporized Hydrogen Peroxide
- Dry Heat
For more info, read this guide.