As summer is in full swing, it is probably time to look back on the past year and figure out what went wrong and what to do next. For some things, there was nothing we could have really done better than what actually happened, like the expediency and veracity of the common vaccines on the market, or the way that they were distributed throughout the country. Then there are gray areas where people may be unsure what is supposed to happen now, or what could have been done better so that there isn’t a horrible repeat of the events of 2020 and early 2021. So, as a way to organize these questions, here are a few of the most important, and most frequently asked questions on n95 masks.
N95 masks are one of the most vital pieces of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE on the market today. They are needed in hospitals and nursing homes, emergency centers and other areas for their fantastic live-saving properties. From the way that they can prevent ninety-five percent of airborne particulates from reaching your mouth or nose and thereby preventing a massive amount of risk of infection makes them critical gear for doctors and nurses to wear while with patients, both to prevent the patients from making the doctors sick, and the other way around. This actually answers one of the more common questions surrounding this miraculous gear, being that, how well does an n95 mask protect you. Like in the name, this mask blocks out ninety-five percent of all bacteria, germs, and viruses that could enter through your mouth or nose, through an ingenious use of materials and methods. There are actually masks that go even further, ones like the n99 and the n100, which block out ninety-nine percent of particulates and one hundred percent of particulates respectively. Another common question that is seen is that if these masks are so much better than cloth or surgical masks, why are they not available in more areas? Well, that is because most of the masks are needed right now by medical personnel, and most doctors and scientists agree that while the strength of these masks is vital, your average day of travel and potential risk makes the surgical and cloth masks available perfectly acceptable in the current climate. Basically, while the pool of n95 masks is still low, doctors and nurses and other emergency workers need all of them right now, and the average person doesn’t interact with people who are possibly sick quite enough to consider taking from their pool of resources.
N95 masks are an essential part of the medical system, and only a few years ago, almost none of them were made in the United States, which became a big issue when the pandemic hit our shores. Suddenly there was a massive need for masks around the world, so that the nations, companies, and factories where they were being manufactured held onto them, or raised prices, making it hard and causing the shortage in the first place. That is why it is important now that more and more of these masks, as well as other varieties of PPE, are being made in the U.S.A. With bright minds at the helm, hopefully the next crisis won’t start like the current one.