K N 95 Mask Antibacterial Mask 5 Layers of Protection
(1) White non-woven fabric surface layer: block air pollution particles from entering.
(2) Ultrafine melt-blown filter paper layer effectively prevents PM2.5 particles from entering.
(3) Antibacterial layer: block air pollution particles from entering and prevent foreign bacteria from spreading their own bacteria.
(4) High-quality non-woven inner layer: soft fabric, breathable and thin.
(5) Non-woven fabric layer: Non-woven fabric layer, complete filtering.
RE-USING and CLEANING Instructions:
Per manufacturer instructions, remove the mask by grabbing the ear straps from behind your ears and place in boiling water for 5 minutes. Use a spatula, tongs or other kitchen utensils to hang to dry, five-time use. Additional CDC reuse strategies below can increase usability.
For single use only if not cleaned. The packaging states for single use only. This is true IF you don’t clean your mask. The manufacturer makes many types of KN95 masks and this is their highest quality mask, made with durable materials, and additional layers to which the manufacturer recommends reusing this mask when cleaning with boiling water. To do so, submerge in boiling water for five minutes and hang dry. The CDC outlines additional strategies for reusing masks which are below.
CDC Strategies for Reuse
Delayed Reuse: Store in a breathable bag for five days before using.
Ultraviolet Light (UVGI): Use a UVC light disinfect.
Microwave Steam: 1100–1250W microwave models (range: 40 sec to 2 min).
Microwave Steam Bags: 1100 W, 90 sec (bags filled with 60 mL tap water.
Moist Heat Incubation: 15–30 min (60°C, 80% RH).
Liquid Hydrogen Peroxide: 1 sec to 30 min (range: 3–6%)
Please see the CDC webpage for more information on these methods: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/decontamination-reuse-respirators.html
***If you come in contact with blood or a person suspected to have COVID-19, it is recommended to dispose of both disposable and reusable masks.***
Universal mask-wearing is the most overlooked COVID-19 lifesaver
Western countries are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 infections compared to Asian countries because of the West’s aversion to wearing masks.
We need universal mask-wearing to aid in lowering COVID-19’s virality.
The official stance is anti-mask and completely wrong
The U.S. Surgeon General and W.H.O. have said masks are not effective at preventing COVID-19 spread. This hopefully is a white lie to get masks to medical professionals. Anything that prevents aerosolized viruses from being transmitted lowers the virality of COVID-19 1.
Why masks lower COVID-19 deaths
Masks aid in decreasing COVID-19’s virality by three pathways 8.
- Decreasing virus spread by infected individuals. The mask traps virus particles on the inside, preventing the virus particles from becoming airborne.
- Decreasing new infections by uninfected individuals. The mask prevents airborne virus particles from being inhaled from the outside.
- Limiting hand to face contact. The mask puts a physical barrier between potentially contaminated hands and passages to one’s lungs.
We need to increase these virality-decreasing pathways by encouraging a universal mask-wearing protocol to fight COVID-19.
Credit to Sui Huang’s article COVID-19: Why We Should All Wear Masks
Japan has the strongest mask-wearing culture in the world and one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates
Despite Japan’s large elderly population and early infection, the infection and death rate is one of the lowest in the world. A leading reason for this is Japan’s strong mask-wearing culture lowering the virality of COVID-19 to manageable levels. Japan has only had 1,387 infections, yet being one of the earliest countries to become infected 2. Tokyo Metropolitan Police paper towel mask
The Czech Republic’s mandatory mask laws
Starting on March 18, the Czech Republic made it mandatory to wear a mask while in public. So far there have only been 2,942 COVID-19 confirmed cases and 23 deaths, making it one of the lowest infected countries in Europe. 6 We should keep a close on the Czech Republic’s future infection rate relative to its neighbors to show the quantifiable impact of mask-wearing. OVERVIEW: Czech campaign #masks4all.
Let’s promote mask-wearing culture to lower COVID-19 infections.
Anything that prevents aerosolized viruses from being transmitted person-to-person will lower COVID-19’s infection rate 5.
- Wear a mask when outside of your home to avoid lingering aerosolized virus droplets3.
- N95 masks are better than surgical masks, but anything that prevents breathing in moisture particles with viruses helps. 4
- We need hard data that show a direct effect of a strong mask-wearing culture to lower COVID-19 virality. We only have anecdotal research at this point.
- Going in public without a mask in a pandemic is like riding a motorcycle without a helmet. You don’t look cool. People see you and think you don’t value your life.
- Promote research that shows the benefits of wearing masks. Research
- Start promoting universal masks-wearing at the local level. Encourage your neighbors, apartment building, and city government to wear masks.
- 1.) Rational use of face masks in the COVID-19 pandemic
- 2.) Coronavirus: How Japan keeps COVID-19 under control
- 3.) Coronavirus can travel twice as far as official ‘safe distance’ and stay in air for 30 minutes, Chinese study finds
- 4.) Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?
- 5.) Association between 2019-nCoV transmission and N95 respirator use
- 6.) Simple DIY masks could help flatten the curve. We should all wear them in public.
- 7.) COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
- 8.) COVID-19: WHY WE SHOULD ALL WEAR MASKS — THERE IS NEW SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE