KN95 Masks - High Filtration Protective Gear

KN95 masks are the Chinese equivalent of N95 respirators, offering similar levels of protection against airborne particles.
Protective equipment
Where to get
Widely available online and in some retail stores
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

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What is a N95 respirator?

These face coverings diverge from surgical masks in that the edges are designed to fit snugly to your face. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines N95 respirators as a “protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles.”

Are KN95 respirators counterfeit?

The CDC estimates, however, that about 60% of KN95s available in the US are counterfeit products that don’t meet NIOSH standards. “Very few of those are accepted for use here in the industrial environment, because they don’t quite meet the Australian standard that we have for P2 respirators,” Sim said.

What is the difference between N95 and KN95?

KN95s are closely related to N95s, but only the latter is approved for use in medical settings in the U.S., and the reasoning is pretty simple: N95s are the U.S. standard, while KN95s are the Chinese standard for these close-fitting filtration devices. Both are rated to filter out 95 percent of very small particles.

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