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ALL ABOUT N95 MASKS

Friday, September 18th, 2020

Although the situation is changing daily, various governments are concerned about a potential shortage of N95 masks. But what is an N95 mask? How to use it properly? Can it be reused? Here is a portrait of this protective equipment, which is of paramount importance in this time of health crisis.

WHAT IS AN N95 MASK?

The N95 is a protective mask with a fine mesh synthetic polymer filter. The number 95 means that the mask filters out 95% or less of airborne particles, including splashes that may contain bacteria or viruses. Oxygen molecules can pass through freely, allowing people who are wearing N95 masks to breathe properly.

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All about N95 masks

A SINGLE-USE MASK

N95 masks are usually single-use masks. However, the Public Health Expertise and Reference Centre (INSPQ) states that “in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and a real or feared shortage of respirators, it is possible to reuse an N95 mask if it is designated for the exclusive use of a health care worker.”

PROPER USE

N95 must remain in the container before use to avoid contamination. The INSPQ specifies that the mask must remain in place on the health care worker’s face during use and that it must be immediately replaced in its container as soon as it is removed. It should never be left on the neck, on the head, or attached to an ear.

TO REUSE THE MASK

The INSPQ suggests limiting the number of uses to five. Between uses, it is suggested that the mask be kept in a clean, air-permeable container such as a paper bag. It is important to wear a pair of clean gloves when using a used N95 mask. In case of accidental contact, hands should be washed.

It is also important to check the mask before wearing it. It is best to discard the facepiece if it is damaged, torn, contaminated or does not pass the leak test.