Respiratory Masks - Filtering Out Airborne Particles

Respiratory masks are protective masks that help filter out airborne particles to protect the wearer from inhaling harmful substances.
Category
Protective equipment
Where to get
Available in hardware stores and online marketplaces
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Respiratory Masks FAQ


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What is a respirator mask?

What are respirator masks? How should they be used? A respirator mask is a P2/N95 (or equivalent) medical grade mask that provides protection against airborne contaminants such as viruses and bacteria in aerosols or respiratory droplets.

Why is it important to wear a properly fitting mask or respirator?

It is most important to wear a well-fitting mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection. While all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitting respirators provide the highest level of protection.

What is a surgical mask?

Surgical masks help prevent infectious people from spreading the COVID-19 virus and provide greater protection from infection for the wearer. P2/N95 respirator masks that are designed for medical use must comply with the relevant national standards (or equivalent).

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