Why wear a mask?

The CDC recommends widespread use of masks to help prevent transmission of the virus by people who have COVID-19 but don't know it. Because many people are carriers of the virus but have no symptoms, without a mask they are unknowingly, yet certainly spreading the disease.


What types of disposable masks are available for the general population?

There are two types of disposable masks that are recommended by health authorities. One is called a surgical, or medical mask, and the other is a respirator such as the KN95 mask.


What is the difference between surgical/medical masks and KN95 masks?

A surgical mask is a loose-fitting disposable mask that protects the wearer's nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs (sneezing, coughing, etc). A surgical mask also filters out large particles in the air. Surgical masks may protect others by reducing exposure to the saliva and respiratory secretions of the mask wearer.

The KN95 mask offers more protection than a surgical mask because it can filter out both large and small particles and is referred to as a respirator.  The KN95 masks we offer provide greater protection than those that have an exhalation valve, which releases unfiltered air.  The KN95 mask is designed to block 95% of very small particles; hence the name. Like surgical masks, KN95 masks are intended to be disposable.

While social distancing in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 is certainly important and ideal, it may not always be practical. Wearing a mask while in public areas will help protect yourself and others.