Understanding The Differences Between KN95 And N95 Face Masks

N95 and KN95 masks are safety devices that cover the nose and mouth and help protect the wearer from breathing in hazardous substances. As their names indicate, both masks filter up to 95% of non-oil-based airborne particles greater than 0.3 microns.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) has been proven to be one of the best resources to keep individuals from spreading and contracting the airborne virus. When an individual speaks, coughs or sneezes, respiratory droplets become airborne and travel several feet. If they enter another individual’s nose or mouth, the novel coronavirus can take hold. Face masks create a barrier to help reduce the risk of these droplets entering the nose and mouth.

 

What Are the Materials Used in Face Masks?

Different types of medical face masks are constructed from various materials. An N95 respirator consists of multiple layers of non-woven fabric, often made from polypropylene. On the other hand, a KN95 mask is made of five layers of fabrics, including melt-blown non-woven fabric and skin-friendly cotton.

 

What Is a KN95 Mask?

 A KN95 mask offers respiratory protection by filtering dust, bacteria, droplets and non-oil-based particles from the air, such as those resulting from viruses, wildfires, PM 2.5 air pollution and volcanic eruptions.

 When it comes to a KN95 vs. an N95 mask, one major difference is that the latter is made in accordance with U.S. standards. N95s are regulated by the CDC and the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), rather than the FDA. KN95 masks are made in alignment with Chinese standards.

 KN95s are folding face masks with a comfortable 3D flex design. They offer five-layer filtration protection and feature an adjustable metal nosepiece for secure fit and seal. KN95s are recommended for use by the general public and non-medical industries, such as:

 

  •  Design and construction
  • Food processing
  • General manufacturing
  • Electronics
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Transportation

 

What Is an N95 Mask?

 N95 masks protect users from germs by blocking small particles and large respiratory droplets from entering the nose and mouth. N95 respirators are suitable for individuals who work in medical environments and in construction, where dust and mold are often present.

 A N95 mask includes a metal clip, which can be pressed or tightened against the contours of the user’s face. Its two-strap design provides a secure seal around the nose and mouth. N95 respirators are designed for medical applications and industrial use. They are often worn by health care workers who are fighting on the front lines of the current health crisis.

Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the CDC now recommends people wear face coverings when out in public to avoid spreading or contracting infection. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Litetronics offers two different types of face masks, including the KN95 and Three-Ply, which offer optimal filtration and breathability.

Our respirator masks can be ordered by anyone who visits our website. To learn more about our KN95, and Three-Ply face mask offerings, reach out to us today.