3M is on a witch hunt to provide the best kinds of N95 masks in the market today. It has been producing, and at the same time discontinuing, a lot of N95 respirator models.
If you are the kind of person who is used to a specific N95 mask model, you are probably wondering about the model that you like and whether or not it is still in the market and circulation. Recently, individuals have been asking a lot about the 3M 9205+ N95 masks. Why are they no longer in stock? Why can I no longer purchase this N95 mask like I used to?
The answer is this: 3M has decided to discontinue the production of the 9205+ N95 masks. To make way for a new model, the 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9205+, which is considered as the better and more responsive model of the 9205+ model.
What Is The 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9205+?
If you are curious about this model, the following are some of the characteristics that it currently has:
- It comes with the highly coveted NIOSH approval.
- It is designed to make sure that exhaled air does away from the nose panel to reduce eyewear fogging.
- It has a curved low profile design. This design allows for the individual to have a better nose and eye contour. This is the perfect design for those who wear glasses or any kind of eyewear.
- The packaging is individual for easy access and disposable.
- The chin tab is already adjusted to make sure that positioning is easy, donning will not be hard, and adjustment is also easy.
- The inner materials are all soft.
- The nose clip is adjustable and provides a custom secure seal.
The 3M™ Aura™ Particulate Respirator 9205+ is one of the best models of the N95 masks against the novel coronavirus. It has a three-panel, flat fold that brings out the best in the individual. It brings comfort to the user and provides the right level of protection.
Using 3M`s proprietary filter media, 3M™ Advanced Electret Media that filters dust and other particles. The filter system also allows for easy breathing. Currently, the N95 mask can guarantee that it can protect the user against mold, Bacillus anthracis, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
How Do I Choose An N95 Respirator Model?
If you are still confused about the naming and the models and the different specifications of the N95 respirator, there are a few things that you should know so you can choose the right N95 respirator model.
First, when an N95 respirator is said to be NIOSH-approved, you are sure of the quality that it brings. The United States NIOSH-standard is considered as one of the most stringent certification standards in the world. NIOSH stands for National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. They check the N95 masks based on their physical characteristics and performance characteristics. To pass the NIOSH standard, the N95 respirator must filter out at least 95% of the particles that it comes in contact with.
If you are not always exposed to the virus or you are on a budget, you may also use the FDA-cleared surgical masks. Surgical masks are certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are meant to be used in sterile environments. They are fluid resistant with a high ability to prevent streams of liquid from getting inside the human body. Against the coronavirus, FDA-cleared surgical masks can get used as alternatives to N95 respirators if there is no supply available near you.
You should buy a NIOSH-approved N95 mask over a surgical N95 mask. While a surgical N95 mask is definitely one of the best things that could happen for human protection, you really only need the NIOSH-approved version to have the protection you need.
You should choose an N95 mask that is perfect for you to easily and carefully put on and take off in a clean area. Take note that you are never supposed to get rid of the mask when you are in a contaminated area (in an outside area). Even if you take off your mask even for a little bit, you may end up getting infected by the virus.
N95 masks come with very specific tests. The NIOSH tests them against the following standards:
- Sodium chloride test aerosol with a mass median aerodynamic diameter (MMAD) particle of about 0.3 μm;
- Airflow rate of 85 liters per minute (lpm);
- Charge-neutralized test aerosol; and
- Preconditioning at 85% relative humidity (RH) and 38ºC for 24 hours before testing.
Finally, fluid resistance and bacterial capture is considered as the most important kind of protection that an N95 mask can help you out with. Make sure that you will choose one that is original. There are a lot of counterfeit that you should at least know about so you will not end up buying them.
A Chance For ProtectionYou should keep in mind that the N95 mask offers the highest level of protection that you can get against the coronavirus. Whatever model gets discontinued, and even if you already have a preference, trust that the N95 mask that is offered by 3M will always be the best version of what you need. After all, as long as there is NIOSH approval, you should be able to trust the product that you are holding and make sure that it protects you.