Identify Fake Face Masks and Understand The Various Types

Identify Fake Face Masks and Understand The Various Types
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Identify Fake Face Masks and Understanding The Various Types available is a must.

You know what, i was tired of this whole madness surrounding face masks. My colleague just left the office with some strange looking mask on his face. I could still see her nose peeping out from the corner of the mask. If a face mask cannot protect the nose from the human eye, what are the chance it can protect the body against something as miniscule as microbes or viruses invisible to the human eye? The thing just weak me and yet it got me angry as well.

I had to research, Identify Fake Face Masks and Understand The Various Types available because i believe many people may be walking into a virus fight armed with a teaspoon. I’m putting in some work to write this article which i will be sharing on the Anttention Media Africa blog for those who would rather read it there.

There are standard versions of

A)N95 particulate filtering facepiece respirators

B) NIOSH-Certified N95 Respirators

C) Particulate respirators

The good thing is that they all designed to reduce the wearer’s exposure to airborne particulate hazards. However, respirators are tested and certified in The United States of America by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). I’m sure you must have seen the word NIOSH emblazoned on the packs of some respirators being sold. They test and certify respirators based on how they perform physically and their characteristics.


The N95-rated filtering facepiece respirators have a filtration efficiency of at least 95% against non-oily particles when tested using the NIOSH criteria. The filtration of these face pieces are tested with particles that are very penetrating. For this mask to pass the test, it’s filtering media should be able to filter particles of every size with at least 95% efficiency.

The FDA-Cleared Surgical Masks (please note) on the other hand was primarily designed to be worn by healthcare professionals during surgery and nursing. This prevents you (the wearer) from contaminating your environment with liquid droplets . 😞Yes, you have just been protecting us from yourself all these while. May God bless you sir/ma for being so considerate. This is the one madam had on this morning.

These surgical masks are cleared for use by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or for other agencies outside the US including our dear own NAFDAC,SON etc.

Due to the fact that these surgical masks were meant for use during surgeries, one of it’s main performance requirement is fluid resistance. It’s ability to protect the wearer from penetration by high-pressure streams of liquid e,g burst of blood from a punctured human artery during surgery.


Know the differences between various face masks.


Both the N95 respirators and surgical respirators are both certified by NIOSH as an N95 respirator and also cleared by the FDA as a surgical mask. Although they are similar in appearance, the key difference is their fluid resistance.

A bulk of the tasks performed by health workers firstly poses little or no risk at all of generating high-pressure streams of liquid and secondly are not conducted in sterile environments. However, the potential hazard these workers need to consider are airborne viruses, bacteria generated by the coughs and sneezes. These are effectively filtered by the N95 respirator. If there’s a shortage of respirators like we are experiencing in many health facilities owing to the corona scare, the surgical N95’s may be used but for other workers not performing surgical procedures or do not need to maintain a sterile environment, a standard non-surgical N95 (or equivalent) respirator can be worn to help reduce those workers’ exposure to patient-generated airborne viruses and bacteria. I hope this article helped you declutter the bombardment of info.


Understanding the various face masks

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