Once upon a time in the spring of 2020, we used a rotation of cloth masks, surgical masks and KN95 to better protect ourselves from COVID-19. Now that we’ve done this [squirts sani] for a while and it’s the new year, new variant [shakes fist at Omicron], it’s becoming increasingly clear that all those hand-sewn masks — as creative as some of them might be — aren’t cutting the mustard anymore. Were they better than nothing years ago, when even medical professionals didn’t have enough masks? Sure. But now, opting for a fabric mask is like leaving your home with your shoes undone. “The CDC admits that cloth masks do not protect against the virus as effectively as other masks”, reported The New York Times Last week, while Dr. Leana Wen explained to Business Intern that cloth masks are “little more than facial decorations”. Given the rise of the highly transmissible variant of Omicron, it’s time to say it a little louder for the buddies in the back: cloth masks are not in fashion. We’ve traveled all over the place to find the best masks of each type, and for now, we should be using the most effective ones available.
So what should you wear? Not everyone has access to crème de la crème N95 masks (although daddy Bernie tryna change that), and any coverage is better than no coverage. That being said, here’s a mask breakdown.
What is the difference between KN95 masks, N95 masks, KF94 masks and three-layer surgical masks?
All of the above is better than a cloth mask in terms of rona protection. KN95 masks are certified in China, while N95 masks are certified in the United States by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health – and the only notable difference is that N95s require a bit of adjustment on your face. The KF94 masks, which you may have heard of more recently, are essentially the Korean equivalent, with a particle filtration efficiency of 94%, essentially the same as the 95% of the N95 and KN95. Three-layer surgical masks are about 5-10% less effective than N95 and K95 masks, according to CNN. The good folks at the CDC also did this handy infographic on the difference between surgical masks and N95s.
How long can you use a KN95 or N95 mask?
Can you extend the life of a KN95 or N95 mask?
The NCBI also says you can boil your N95 (not the straps, though) for five minutes and air dry them for extended use if you run out of masks or are unable to salvage extras. However, it’s important to note that according to the NCBI, “Readers should also be aware that at the time of this writing, these methods are not officially approved by regulatory agencies.”
So where can you buy a KN95 or N95 mask?
While KN95 and N95 face masks are now widely available in pharmacies and online, you may be looking for cooler and more attractive styles than the very professional looking white face masks we couldn’t wait to get our hands on earlier. in the pandemic. A variety of retailers are now making N95s in different colors and patterns, and there’s no better time to pick up a solid supply for every fit since we’re still in the mid-winter wave. Here are some of our favorites.
What’s in black masks that just look better? It probably has something to do with the gothic phase that we collectively went through. (Or the one we’re still in – and that’s NOT a phase, Derrick!) Stock up on affordable multi-packs on Amazon for the best value.
If you’re looking for a little more drama in your look, opt for one of these top-rated multi-color variety packs with black and pastels, or even a set with galaxy and tie-dye print styles.
Good Faith Masks
Good Faith Masks is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated US military manufacturer and a solid alternative to Amazon. Legitimate! Their masks are also on sale right now, just for you.
MaskC, pronounced “mask-cee”, makes it surprisingly chic KN95 Varied Packs (and three-ply surgical style masks) that are selling out fast, but there are still a few packs available, including Kanye-approved earth tones and cheerful spring hues.
If you’re looking for quality home goods and personal care items, you can’t go wrong with Public goods. The brand offers everything from vitamins and pet products to beauty products, wine and, of course, KN95 face masks at a reasonable price, comfortable and simple, so they go with every garment that you have slipped into the small closet of your apartment. .
Tired of the same muted mask colors you see on most KN95s? No sweat-Vida is a company that makes accessories, apparel, and personal protective equipment that looks good without sacrificing quality and protection. Plus, they come in a wide range of colors that you can match with whatever you’re wearing.
Stay safe out there, hotties.
Rec Room staff independently curated all items featured in this story.