Q: How is the Corona Virus Spread?
A: Authorities are still working to determine exactly how this corona virus is transmitted. However, health officials believe that it is transmitted mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes—similar to how influenza and other respirator pathogens spread.
Q: Why purchase face masks?
A: The face masks are a relatively safe choice to prevent bacterial and viral infections.
Q: What are the regulatory requirements for surgical masks?
A: Surgical masks are more than just simple material that covers the nose and mouth; they are precise products that are required to meet certain specifications in order to provide sufficient protection. To ensure their safety in various situations, the masks are put through five tests:
Bacteria filtration efficiency in vitro (BFE). This test works by shooting an aerosol with staphylococcus aurous bacteria at the mask at 28.3 liters per minute. This ensures the mask can catch the percentage of bacteria it’s supposed to.
Particle Filtration Efficiency. Also known as the latex particle challenge, this test involves spraying an aerosol of polystyrene microspheres to ensure the mask can filter the size of the particle it’s supposed to.
Breathing resistance. To ensure the mask will hold its shape and have proper ventilation while the wearer breathes, breathing resistance is tested by shooting a flow of air at it, then measuring the difference in air pressure on both sides of the mask.
Splash resistance. In splash resistance tests, surgical masks are splashed with simulated blood using forces similar to human blood pressure to ensure the liquid cannot penetrate and contaminate the wearer.
Flammability. Since several elements of an operating room can easily cause fire, surgical masks are tested for flammability by being set on fire to measure how slowly it catches and how long the material takes to burn. ASTM levels 1, 2, and 3 are all required to be Class 1 flame resistant.
Q: What is a counterfeit mask?
A: The huge demand for masks around the world has caused an influx of fakes to flood the market, with opportunists pouncing on the ability to make a quick buck at the detriment of others. Counterfeit surgical masks have the potential to expose wearers to significant harm should they be manufactured to substandard specifications. Counterfeit products will often look like the real product and will use logos, emblems and registration numbers/certifications in an attempt to look like the real product. However, with surgical masks, the counterfeit products will not offer the same protection as the real product as shown in the table below. All our face masks are CE Certified to comply with health, safety, and environmental protection standards.
Q: Are all face masks the same?
A: NO! It’s important to remember that not all face masks are made the same. In contrast to a thin, single-layered or double-layered paper mask, you want to look for masks that are three-ply (three layers). This three-ply material is made up from a melt-blown material placed between non-woven fabrics. The melt-blown material acts as the filter that stops microbes from entering or exiting the mask. Three pleats are used to allow the user to expand the mask such that it covers the area from the nose to the chin. The most popular way to secure a face mask is the ear loop, where a string-like material is attached to the mask and placed behind the ears.
Q: What is the life span of a disposable face mask?
A: In general, a facemask is discarded after each use. Reduce the amount of talking when wearing a mask or respirator. These actions will lower the amount of condensation produced within the mask or respirator, and extend its effective life. To be effective, change masks or respirators if soiled or wet.
Q: What are the correct steps to wearing a face mask?
A: Follow these steps to ensure that the mask is put on and removed safely and correctly:
Face or surgical mask
Step 1: Wash your hands with soap and water.
Step 2:Put on the mask to cover your nose and mouth, then stretch it gently over your chin.
Step 3:Press the thin metal wire along the upper edge gently against the bridge of your nose so that the mask fits nicely on your face.
Step 4:Do not remove your mask when you cough or sneeze.
Step 5:Change your mask when it becomes wet, soiled or damaged, or if you have difficulty breathing.
Step 6:Wash your hands after removing your mask.
Step 7:See below for steps to disposal.
Q: How long does it take to process my order?
A: For orders of 20,000 units or less that is received by 5:00 pm (PST) will be processed the same day. Shipments will come to you direct from the warehouse to save time and money.
Q: I have seen cheaper masks online, why should I buy a MP Face Mask?
A: Not all face masks offer the same protection. While you may find lower prices online, they generally do not carry the appropriate certification or may be counterfeit masks. All MP Face Masks are CE Certified and priced far below that of our competitors.
Q: Are the MP Face Masks available worldwide?
A: Yes, we can ship to anywhere in the world and orders are processed same day to expedite delivery.
Q:What are the Differences Between a Face Mask and an N95 Respirator Mask?
A: Face Masks and respirators are useful items to keep handy for the flu or other airborne pandemics. While most people are familiar with face masks and respirators, many aren't sure what the difference between the two is. Both are great for protection, but when does one offer more protection than the other?
Regular face masks are useful in medical situations, treatment practices, and overall protection from germs. Face masks are excellent at blocking bodily fluids, which can contain viruses and bacteria. Face masks tend to be looser fitting against the face and leave a gap between your skin and the edge of the mask. This makes face masks fairly inefficient at block smaller germ-laden particulates, which can easily sneak into the open gaps. Face masks do protect the nose and mouth well from larger particulates including saliva and respiratory emissions. All face masks are one time use and should never be shared.
Respirator masks, like the N95 Respirator Mask, are very similar to face masks in shape, but are more capable of protecting against small contaminated airborne particulates. The construction of an N95 Respirator Mask is designed to fit the mask closely to the face, eliminating the gap that regular face masks have. This mask will protect a user against the small particles (mentioned above) and will also, like regular face masks, block and filter large particulates and protect against splash back, sprays and large droplets. N95 respirator masks are also made for use in Industrial and Healthcare settings. Any N95 respirator masks for these uses are specifically labeled and are NIOSH approved respirator masks.
Here is a summary of KN95 vs. N95 – Differences Highlighted
Most of these differences are small and would be uninteresting to the average mask user. However, here are the key differences:
1. To be certified as a KN95 mask, the Chinese government requires the manufacturer to run a special mask fit test on real humans with ≤ 8% leakage. The N95 mask standard does not require manufacturers to run fit tests.
This does not mean that fit tests aren’t helpful. Many hospitals and companies require their workers to be fit-tested. However, those are requirements of companies themselves, not for the US NIOSH certification on the mask.
N95 respiratory masks are available in reusable and disposable versions. As a precaution, no face mask should be shared between people.
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