What are N95 masks?
An N95 respirator is a special type of face mask used to prevent the inhalation of any harmful particle present in the air like dust, fumes, and bacteria. The N95 mask is an example of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This mask is also regulated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). An N95 respirator is worn over the nose and mouth area and it should be fitted on the face of an individual to get the maximum filtration rate of 95% from many hazardous particles that can enter our body through the mouth and nose area and can cause serious health conditions.
Approval by NIOSH, CDC, FDA
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has been working in making recommendations to prevent or minimize the risk of injury/illness for every person associated with any occupation since 1970. During the COVID-19 where the whole world was facing drastic changes and everyone was dependent on the N95 respirator to prevent themselves from being affected by the life-threatening virus.
It becomes necessary to check whether the mask we purchase is NIOSH approved and FDA cleared (also known as surgical N95 respirator). To check the NIOSH approval and FDA clearance, there is a list uploaded on the CDC website with the names and model numbers of NIOSH and FDA approved N95 respirators along with their manufacturing details.
Pros and Cons of N95s
Every product has its own advantages and disadvantages which arise based on different needs at different times. New products are manufactured to fulfill different time needs.
N95 respirator also has some amazing qualities that make these masks a priority in this pandemic and also have some drawbacks. Let’s take a look at them:
Response by the Politicians around the world to N95 use
Different country’s politicians and government workers have different responses to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many countries have taken things too lightly and think that one day, a miracle happens and this virus will disappear by itself. Some people implemented unscientific approaches to deal with it by hiding a serious health crisis from the public. Those people include The U.S President Donald Trump, The Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Trump's Response on N95 use
After seeing the unpredictable outbreak of COVID-19 in China, the whole world was on red alert. During the pandemic where every country around the world had prepared strategies to fight against the life-threatening virus, the U.S President Donald Trump took things too lightly and ignored all alarming signs. Trump seemed too busy to get political benefits in the pandemic situation rather than to serve the U.S population with the basic health facilities. In his opinion, everything was under his control.
As soon as he got to know the severity of the disease the U.S was already in the lane of the countries with the world’s highest number of deaths from COVID-19. It was the total result of his negligence. The President then blamed the World Health Organization (WHO) for not giving the proper recommendations to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. Some of his aggressive allies also suggested to cut-off the WHO funds. Trump should take things seriously from the start so it will not end up blaming each other. The death ratio due to COVID-19 can only be stopped if we can spread its spread.
Joe Biden's response on the use of N95s
Joe Biden, an American Politician, is the only one, raises his voice against the negligence of Donald Trump on providing basic health facilities. According to Biden, all SOPs (social distancing, wearing N95 respirators) should have been implemented by the U.S government as soon as they got one positive case of coronavirus. He also upfront Trump to not provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), especially among the health care practitioners for their safety.
Later on, when the news of Trump’s positive test breaks, Joe said that this news was not so surprising for me. If Trump has paid attention to this pandemic and taken all necessary steps to prevent the death counts earlier, he also didn’t get affected.
So, these are the different stances of both the politicians who have also influenced the large number of the followers that have been following both the leaders.
To manage the spread of COVID-19, and to control the death count, every person has its own opinions. However, the topmost difference has seemed between Trump and Joe’s way of thinking and their approach to overcoming this life-threatening condition. Joe, from the start, had been focusing on preventing the spread of coronavirus while on the other hand, Trump seemed very satisfied by saying that all conditions are under his control.