When it comes to choosing the right face mask for you and your family, there is a lot to consider. What type of protective face covering should you wear? Should you wear a disposable mask or a reusable cloth one? Are masks with respirators really better?
Here, we explore the differences between masks with respirators and masks without so you can make the best decision for you. Read on to discover if respirators are necessary, how they work and how they compare to their effective alternatives like three-layered masks.
What Are Respirator Masks?
A respirator mask is a personal protective device designed to fit very closely to the face. These masks cover the wearer’s nose and mouth and are constructed so that they form a tight seal to effectively filter out airborne particles.
The N95 is a widely used respirator mask. It gets its name because the mask filters at least 95% of particles, chemicals, and infectious agents in the air. In addition to the N95 masks, reusable elastomeric respirators offer relatively the same protection. Elastomeric respirators cover half of the face and also fit tightly. They are made from rubber or synthetic materials so they are washable and reusable. Similar to N95 respirators, elastomeric respirators require annual fit testing to provide a customized fit for the wearer.
Differences Between Respirator Masks and Three-Layered Masks
Although there are differences between respirator masks and three-layered masks, there are also many similarities. Many of these similarities are related to the testing these types of masks undergo to determine their effectiveness. For example, the masks are tested for their ability to resist fluids such as personal saliva and other droplets, how effectively they filter particulates and bacteria, and how flammable they might be.
Advantages of Three-Layered Masks vs Masks With Respirators
When used correctly, respirators protect the wearer because they filter air before the user inhales it to protect against airborne conditions and diseases. Some respirators have one-way valves that release unfiltered air when the user exhales. While this feature can make them more comfortable for the wearer, it means these masks are not effective in protecting family, friends, coworkers and other people who come in close contact to the air that was exhaled by the wearer.
Maintenance and Care
A significant benefit of the three-layered masks versus the reusable elastomeric respirators is how easy they are to store and clean. Reusable respirators require regular cleaning, disinfecting, maintenance, and inspection to ensure their effectiveness.
Another benefit of the masks is that no training is required and their application is self-explanatory. In contrast, everyone who uses respirators must be trained on how to use, maintain, and store them properly.
Ease of Wear
Some people who wear respirator masks can have difficulty breathing. Because breathing through a respirator mask is harder than breathing without one, senior populations or individuals with respiratory conditions or lung disease might not be able to wear them. Three-layered masks are a more comfortable, breathable alternative. These masks are also more convenient and can easily be transported inside personal items and pockets.
The Three-Layered Mask is a Great Alternative
According to the World Health Organization, people should wear a three-layered fabric face mask whenever they are in public places. These masks could also be an important way to stave off a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Boomer Naturals’ three-layer Nano-Silver Reusable Face Masks meet all WHO guidelines, and leverage Nano-silver Technology to ensure you are as protected as possible. Independent laboratory tests performed at a FDA registered laboratory on the Boomer Nano-Silver Reusable Face Masks confirm >99.9% antimicrobial activity even after a 24-hour contact period. Try one today!