Health experts are now suggesting that stepping up protection against contagious covid variant Omicron with stronger masks like KN95 or N95. It is highly important now within the Healthcare system which is under strain and people who are in higher risk situations. The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has recently updated their guidelines in recommending the kinds of masks that must be used by health workers. But first, they need to pick up a suitable mask that would fit them and protect them from getting contaminated.
Previously, N95 masks were only reserved for Healthcare workers as there was a shortage of supplies. Now with covid-19 variant omicron spreading like wildfire N95 is also available to the general mass.
Healthcare workers and doctors recommend the N95 mask because it has a tighter fit on one’s face than the cloth mask and is made up of special material which is specifically designed to block 95% of harmful particles. The fibres are pressed closed together unlike the cloth mask and have an electrostatic charge that attracts molecules to stick to the outer surface of the mass rather than passing through.
On the other hand, KN95 also offers a similar level of protection. However, one needs to be very careful while buying a mask. Reports suggest that 60% of KN95 masks are fake and do not meet the standard quality. It is hard to tell just by checking the masks, therefore experts suggest that people should buy directly from the reputed sellers. This, both N95 and KN95 masks can give you better protection than the cloth mask.