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Two Types of Non-Surgical Masks Available for Sale
Choose between KN95 disposable and reusable masks
Non-Surgical Masks Available for Sale
The Public Health Agency of Canada and BC Centre of Disease Control have advised that any mask, no matter how efficient at filtration or how good the seal, will have minimal effect if it is not used together with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand washing, physical distancing and not touching your face.
The three available masks are non-surgical and are not meant for use at medical facilities.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT EACH MASK BEFORE MAKING A PURCHASE.
- Have an anti microbial copper ion CU2+ outer layer which blocks harmful substances
- Have triple filter middle layers which stop droplets and particulate matter from penetrating the mask
- Have a bamboo charcoal filter lining which deodorizes intake air
- Offer a comfortable fit with a flexible nose wire and chinstrap, and adjustable ear loops
- Offer a bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) of 99%
- Are hand washable and reusable
- Are available in 3 sizes
- These are reusable masks, as such, it is important that you follow proper health practices when applying and removing the mask. The CDC has a helpful guide on its website.
- N - Not resistant to oil
- 95 - Removes 95% of all particles that are at least 0.3 microns in diameter
- Non-surgical dust mask (industrial)
- Disposable everyday face mask is made from 3 layers of non-woven material
- Not meant for use at medical facilities
- These are meant to be disposable.
- Nonmedical masks do not protect the person wearing it, and are not PPE.
- Their effectiveness in containing of the droplets expelled during breathing, talking, laughing, sneezing or coughing is limited and highly variable.
- Depending upon the positioning of the individuals in close proximity to each other, these masks may or may not reduce the droplets expelled by each worker into the breathing zone of the other. Nonmedical masks are not equivalent to respirators, and do not override the needs for physical distancing, good hygiene and staying home when ill.
- Nonmedical masks become less effective if soiled or damp, so must be changed and laundered frequently and routinely.
- Self-contamination that can occur by touching and reusing a contaminated mask, especially in worksites where allergens, chemicals or other hazardous materials are present and can be absorbed onto mask material
- Potential breathing difficulties
- False sense of security, leading to potentially less adherence to other preventive measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene
- Not a measure to protect others if the wearer has symptoms or is ill
Masks should be used by sick people to prevent transmission to other people. Masks are an appropriate part of infection prevention and control if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are caring for a person with symptoms. The mask acts as a barrier and helps stop the tiny droplets from spreading when you cough or sneeze. If you are sick, you should stay home. Wearing a mask does not make it okay to go out but it can help prevent the spread of germs at home. More information about masks and homemade masks can be found here.