What CDC officials have to say about N95 respirators

The CDC or Centre for Disease Control and Prevention is a department that falls under the category of health and public care sector. CDC is responsible for the prevention and cure of diseases. CDC's mission is to protect the people of the United States of America and the scientific research needed to cure any disease and recommend people to stay safe from many diseases.

CDC's headquarter is in Atlanta, United States of America. All medical gear and PPEs come under this department. Every medical and surgical safety care or drug has to pass a test under the observation of CDC and if it passes only then it can be sold in America or can be exported from America.

The N95 respirator is NIOSH approved and cleared by FDA, CDC has also examined N95 respirators and has released white papers that have complete precautions, the method to use and how can one sterilize it. CDC has stated about the N95 respirators briefly. 

How to put on the N95 respirator:

CDC has released official measures to put on the N95 respirator. The first one includes to clean hands thoroughly and dry it with a clean towel. CDC recommends people use the N05 respirator size and model that fits them perfectly leaving no space for germs to enter. People should check their respirator for any type of damage or default. If the respirator is defected use another one. Check for facial hear and jewelry before putting the N95 respirator on. Carefully put on the respirator.

How to check your seal?

CDC released three methods to check the N95 respirator seal for proper coverage and breathing ease. The methods to check are, after properly wearing the respirator put your both hands on the respirator and take a deep breath. If the N95 respirator feels tight it means that the seal is tightened. The second method is, cover the N95 respirator with your hands completely and exhale if your hands feel the exhalation it means that the seal is damaged and the N95 respirator should not be used. You can also check your nose piece before throwing the mask away it may be that the nose piece was not set properly and check your headbands again.

If you still cannot achieve a tightened seal, you can ask the shopkeeper to provide a different size that fits your face completely.

Removing N95 respirator:

CDC has strictly instructed to not touch the outer side of the N95 respirator while removing because it may be contaminated and can lead you to many dangerous diseases. Simply remove the N95 respirator by pulling the straps and then directly discard the N95 respirator in the waste container. Wash your hands after the process.

CDC has released complete knowledge that is needed to use the N95 respirator. Including, methods of using it, protection, and precaution everything is stated in a precise manner.

Precautions:

CDC has provided many instructions about N95 respirators, the precautions are well defined and are based on four main points.

Use of fit N95 respirators:

CDC has highlighted the use of face sized N95 respirators as respirators that are not fixed cannot resist germs from entering the mouth. People should wear the N95 respirators that perfectly fit their face size and provides proper coverage to their mouth and nose. The proper size use of respirators will also provide a better breathing experience and the airborne particles will not enter the mouth by inhalation.

Check for damage:

CDC has also recommended people check the N95 respirator before using for any type of damage in the filter or torn layers or loose strap bands. If not checked the N95 respirator can be defaulted and will lead you to health risks. To avoid such risk one should always check the N95 respirator before wearing it.

Avoid touching:

CDC has recommended avoiding touching the N95 respirator when outside as it can be a cause of airborne particles and germs to enter the N95 respirator. Touching and practicing carelessness can be a problem so people should try not to touch theirN95 respirator when in public. The N95 respirator should only be touched twice while putting on and while discarding. 

Only for Paramedical staff:

CDC has stated that N95 respirators are only for use for doctors, medical and surgical staff and should not be provided to the common public in case of emergencies. Doctors are most likely to get infections because of their work so CDC has strictly prohibited the use of N95 respirators by the public in emergency alerts. As the country may run out if N95 respirators in such a situation.

Caring:

Wearing a mask is safe but it cannot assure complete protection unless you are being careful and not touching anything outside not being too close to people and avoiding touching your N95 respirator. If care is not practiced it is completely impossible to prevent diseases by just wearing a mask. One should wear a mask and be careful at the same time as it is the main key.

CDC has also been working on the prevention of COVID-19 in the United States of America. US has run out of N95 respirators and they are in search of ways to reuse their N95 respirators. CDC has been working on the methods to disinfect N95 respirators and has found three methods through which N95 respirators can be sterilized and reused.

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