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Omicron coronavirus is a highly infectious coronavirus variant that is staring us in the face. There are two choices: stay indoors or get masked. Any mask won't work. Any mask, handkerchief or silk mask will not block the coronavirus. The best way to stop it is with a non-woven N95 or KN95 mask. The mask should be covered with a second layer. If you need to get out quickly, here are some details.

You might be wondering what an N95 respirator is.

The N95 respirator effectively filters out harmful particles to protect your nose. The device's edges can be adjusted to fit comfortably around the nose. This seal prevents air from escape. The filters of the N95 mask trap particulate matter and bacteria. This process removes 95 percent of the 0.3 micron particles from the air thanks to the multilayered polypropylene fiber walls. The number 95 stands for non-oil and refers to the mask’s ability to filter particles not oil-based.

It should be worn where and when it is most appropriate.

Wear an N95 mask If you're in an enclosed environment, such as hospitals or crowded areas, use no valves. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in India cautions against the use of N95 masks with breathing valves. Inhaling air from the valves can lead to infection. These respirators can be worn at public places such as malls and parks, where exhaled particles may quickly disperse.

What's the difference between a surgical, cloth, or KN95-based mask?

  1. Cloth masks offer very limited protection from the coronavirus.

  2. These surgical masks look similar to the ones used by medical professionals and are designed to protect against liquid splashes as well as large-particle drops. They are not effective against small particles like the coronavirus because of their design and material. This virus can be transmitted by breathing, coughing, and sneezing. They don't block your ability to exhale. You could be exposed if you only wear a surgical mask.

  3. In India, the KN95 mask is sometimes mistakenly called the N95. The difference lies in the country certification. N95 is approved by the US-based National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. KN95 is a Chinese certificate. FFP2 is the European certification. All of them offer similar protection against coronavirus.

  4. Experts recommend double-masking as none of these masks offer 100% protection. First, wear a snug-fitting N95 or similar mask. A three-layered surgical mask or equivalent should then be worn on top.
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