Different Types of Masks

Different Types of Masks

N95, respirator, surgical masks… what do all of these words even mean? With this global pandemic going around, masks have become an important issue. There’s so many types of masks though, and the names can be sort of confusing. Well, I’m no medical expert (I’m only 17!) but I’ll do my best to explain some of the different types of masks to the best of my knowledge.

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  • A cloth mask: This one’s quite simple. A cloth mask is literally just a piece of cloth (such as a shirt or a jacket) that covers your nose and mouth. While it doesn’t block as many particles in the air as other types of masks, it’s still better than just walking around without any type of face covering.
  • Surgical mask: surgical masks try to block out fluids. For example, when someone is talking, small droplets of spit can fly out of their mouths, and these surgical masks can protect the wearer from this. This works the other way around too, if the wearer of the mask started speaking and spit droplets came out of their mouth. 
  • The N95 mask: This seems to be one of the most talked about masks. Essentially, N95 masks are masks that have been tested to block out 95% of small particles that are floating around in the air. That means it does a much better job of blocking out these small particles than a regular piece of cloth.

The most important thing to remember right now is stay safe: try to stay home and wear a mask if going outside. Once again, don’t forget to use this amazing website you’re on! If you have any questions or are just straight up bored (like I am a lot of the time) either read some of the other content we have to offer or just reach out to us using the “ask a question” feature.