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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and new variants continue to emerge, CDC officials regularly update their recommendations to slow the spread. Last week, the CDC has issued an update on its guidance on masks, which states that people “may choose” to wear N95 and KN95 masks to ensure the best protection against COVID-19.
“Log-woven cloth products offer the least protection, layered fine-woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection. Said the agency on its website.
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What is the difference between N95 and KN95 masks? The masks provide similar levels of protection and both filter out at least 95 percent of air particles. N95 masks are regulated as Class II medical devices by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and must be certified by the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). KN95s do not have to meet the same stringent US requirements as N95s, but they do meet international safety standards and are more widely available than N95s.
KN95 masks fit tighter than disposable surgical masks and filter out at least 95 percent of air particles, NBC Chicago Report. “It has a higher level of protection” than cloth masks, said dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, told the store.
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Before you go out and stock up on KN95s, make sure they are legal. The CDC has confirmed that there is an increase in counterfeit masks, and warns people to do their research before checking out. The easiest way to confirm that the KN95s you buy will offer you the right level of protection is to make sure the manufacturer is listed on the FDA’s authorization for emergency use.
To make sure you are not cheated, we have compiled a list of the best KN95 masks for COVID protection.
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There is no scientific evidence to prove that wearing a colorful mask makes it more effective in preventing you from coming down with Covid-19, but it certainly can not hurt. We love the fleet option here.
KN95 adjustable face mask
No matter what type of mask you wear, one common disadvantage is the fact that the elastic earlobes eventually stretch (or create extra pain behind your ears to begin with). Luckily, you can get yourself a set of KN95 masks with adjustable earmuffs to adjust the fit and get more wear out of each.
FDA-listed adult mask with KN95 protection, 10-pack
Vida’s masks, made in an FDA-registered facility, feature KN95 protection but also an environmentally friendly factor. With each order, the brand will send a prepaid shipping label to return used masks for recycling. Good for you and the environment —’nuff said. On top of that, it comes in a variety of colors to suit your everyday style.
Advanced filtering face mask
These 3M masks (a NIOSH approved manufacturer for N95 masks). They provide at least 95 percent airborne particles and have design features such as a malleable nose clip for a custom contour to your face.
3D KN95 mask with adjustable earmuffs
Maybe you prefer the fit of a 3D style mask — in which case this WellBefore option (with adjustable loops for convenience and the right fit) is for you.
KN95 Respirator, 50 pieces
Consider this 50-pack from BYDCare for those of you who want to buy your KN95 masks in bulk. One box will keep you equipped and protected for a solid while.
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