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Disposable Face Masks 

Disposable face masks are worn over the nose and mouth to filter the air that you breathe and therefore help protect you against inhalation of hazardous airborne particles and dangerous fumes. They are worn by medical professionals, painters, builders and mining professionals, among others. There are multiple types available including standard 3 ply surgical face masks, US standard N95 masks and the Chinese standards equivalent: KN95 face mask.

Medical face masks like the 3M™ N95 Respirator are carefully designed and manufactured to ensure that they provide optimal protection and help to prevent the spread of disease. How effective your face mask is will depend on the material that it constructed from. Some medical face shields are designed to reduce the spread of germs from the wearer only. They do not filter out harmful particulates but instead trap infected air from spreading past the material of the mask. The N95 face mask both traps germs within the mask and filters out germs in the air that the wearer is breathing. It is also capable of filtering out dust, smoke and other air pollutants.

The N95 face mask is also known as an N95 Respirator and is available for sale both online and in store. The number within the description relates the percentage of filtration that the mask is capable of offering – in this case 95% of the air the wearer is breathing. It is manufactured using a very specific and specialised process known as melt blowing which forms the inner protective layer which acts as an air filter for the mask wearer. This filter is responsible for tightly controlling what can be breathed through the mask and will only work effectively as an antiviral face mask if worn correctly, disposed of correctly and only worn for as long as the manufacturer’s standards mandate.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States recommends the use of disposable face masks like FDA approved N95 masks while outside in public spaces during times of peak illness or peak air pollutants.

How to wear a disposable dust mask?

Disposable face masks are highly effective when they are worn correctly and for the right amount of time. A surgical face mask is typically worn by surgeons or other healthcare workers and is tied around the back of the head or secured using earloops. This mask completely covers the face the nose and acts as a barrier between the wearer and the air they are breathing into. It is designed to stop the wearer from spreading germs.

The more effective N95 respirator mask offers both protection against spreading germs the wearer has as well as protection for the wearer from inhaling airborne pathogens and other particulates. It must be worn entirely over the nose and mouth and be tight fitting. There must be a complete seal between the edge of the mask and the skin it is in contact with to ensure that remains effective during wear. If there is not a complete seal, then airborne particles may pass around the edges of the mask and no filtration of the air that you are breathing will occur. If you have facial hair, then it is unlikely that the necessary seal between your face and the mask will be achieved effectively.  

Surgical masks are looser fitting face masks used primarily to capture droplets and fluid expelled by the wearer and not for filtration of the air the wearer is breathing. It is not necessary for surgical face masks to be so tight fitting not form a complete seal around the nose and mouth.

The design of the N95 mask resembles that of a duckbill. This design is the most intuitive form to be worn comfortably over the face without affecting sight or hearing ability. Despite it being the most intuitive design, they are not always found comfortable to wear by all people so ensure you are prepared for some discomfort if you are wearing one for the first time.

How long can you wear a disposable face mask?

Typically, a disposable face mask like the N95 respirator can be safely worn for up to 8 hours but ensure you check the manufacturer’s instructions for more specific details relating to your face mask. If the inner lining of the mask becomes moist then it is time to replace your face mask. Dispose of it in your trash safely and then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer to remove any trace germs you may have picked up in handling the mask.

Disposable face masks may also increase breathing difficulty either until it is worn long enough to become used to, or until it becomes unmanageable to wear. As you are drawing breath through a filter, the physical energy required for each breath will increase. This may not be suitable for some people and if you experience any difficulty breathing then remove your mask immediately.

Wearing a disposable face mask while in public spaces can help to limit the spread of infectious diseases like influenza and the coronavirus by containing the germs and airborne particles that you produce while breathing. Often the symptoms of infectious diseases can seem untroubling to someone otherwise fit and healthy, or who may only have a mild case of the illness. By wearing a surgical face mask while out in public you can help to reduce the chances of somebody else contracting an illness from you that you may not be aware that you are carrying.

Where to buy disposable face mask?

During times of peak illness like pandemics, it is safer to limit your exposure to potential illness and try not to leave spaces and controlled environments like your home. Buy your disposable face masks in bulk online and have your protective face wear delivered to you safely. 

Other measures you can take as well as wearing disposable face mask to ensure that you are minimizing your chance of infection of both yourself and other is to create a thorough personal hygiene practice. This should include washing your hands with warm water and soap for a minimum of 30 seconds before you leave your house and when you get home. Warm water and soap remain the best substances for cleaning your hands as the combination removes the natural oils accumulated on your skin and which are responsible for containing infectious microbes.

You may not always have access to warm water and to soap, particularly when you are out in public, so it is handy to carry with you both hand sanitizer and alcohol swabs. Isopropyl alcohol is a concentrated chemical alcohol used for surgical-grade cleanliness. It is capable of killing most germs or, at the very least, significantly reducing your chances of collecting germs from surfaces which have cleaned using it. An alcohol level of at least 70% is required for a sanitizer to be effective.

Other forms of sanitizer that do not contain alcohol can also be used but they are generally less effective. Ensure you are regularly adhering to your personal hygiene regime at all times when you can and that you thoroughly wash surfaces, clothes and soft furnishings around the home as often as practicable.

Buy disposable face masks and alcohol sanitizer online from reputable medical supplies retailers offering discounts on wholesale orders.

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