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Things to know about N95 facemasks

Things to know about N95 facemasks

Facemasks become one of the most essential things now. There are many types of masks. Many people prefer to use cloth masks due to their cost. Besides, they are reusable. However, they offer a little protection of up to 40% compared to other varieties.

Hence, for complete and effective protection from the Omicron variant, many experts suggest the usage of N95 masks.

Here are some important things to know about N95 facemasks:

  • N95 facemask is a multi-layered mask that covers the face, nose, and mouth. It protects by filtering 95% of unsafe particles like dust, allergens, virus, and bacteria. It gives protection of up to 95% against virus particles.
  • N95 masks are hard to wear. You should wear the mask as per the prescribed directions, otherwise, there will be no use.
  • A regular N95 costs ₹200 to ₹300 in the market. That means they are very costly than the normal cloth masks.
  • It is recommended for the following people: Caregiver of a Covid patient, people at high risk with comorbidities or the immunocompromised, person who interacts with many people as part of his job or profession, while going to crowded places, and unvaccinated people.
  • Regular N95 facemasks are disposable. You should not reuse them after the prescribed time. If you wear it for only a few hours, you can store it in an airtight cover after its usage for four to five days and reuse it after that. You can repeat the process and use it four or five times as per the specified period of usage. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching the mask. Then dispose of the mask properly and with utmost care. Do not reuse damaged or deformed facemask as it does not provide any protection to you.
  • If you are suffering from any respiratory problems, cardiac ailments or irritation, do not use N95 facemasks.
  • N95 facemasks are also not recommended for children as breathing may be difficult for them.

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