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Wear a Mask ? Is it time..

What Facial Mask should I wear or buy is the first question? A Cotton Mask for outdoor activities, urban hiking, personal protection, a new fashion accessory. 

The second question is what's happening in the world around me? "ok," 

I 've have been watching too many apocalyptic movies. The big elephant in the room is very obvious 

"I don't want to get sick." 

A friend currently living abroad in Hong Kong, since the coronavirus found it's way on to the world stage, there seems to be a shortage of facial masks. 

"No worries, I'm on it and will send you some." Thus the creation of 

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Wear a Mask ? Is it time..

So what type of Mask are you looking for? is it time to start wearing a mask, what is a carbon filter? A regular face mask won't stop the coronavirus.

An N95 respirator can help, Health care workers who are caring for patients with suspected novel coronavirus should use P2 also know as masks to protect against the virus. Still, these must be fit tested and worn correctly. Why use a P2 face mask? (also called N95)

 Disposable P2/N95 face masks (also known as P2/N95 respirators) can filter out very fine particles from the air when worn correctly, and so reduce the risk of airborne transmission of Q fever and other infectious diseases when working in potentially contaminated areas.

What does the N95 Mean? 

N95 Respirators. An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. The 'N95' designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of tiny (0.3 microns) test particles.

 Per "FDA"

Facemasks and N95 respirators are examples of personal protective equipment used to protect the wearer from liquid and airborne particles contaminating the face. They are one part of an infection-control strategy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not generally recommend facemasks and respirators for use in-home or community settings. However, they may be appropriate for persons at increased risk of severe illness from influenza or other respiratory diseases. Please consult with your health care provider for more information about when to use N95 Respirators at home or in the community.

People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make breathing difficult should check with their healthcare provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe. Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up.

Note that N95 respirators with exhalation valves should not be used when sterile conditions must be maintained.

 All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as "single-use", disposable devices. If your respirator is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, you should remove the respirator, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your N95 respirator, place it in a plastic bag, and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used respirator.

What does Carbon do? 

The word adsorb is important here. When a material adsorbs something, it attaches to it by chemical attraction. The huge surface area of activated charcoal gives it countless bonding sites. When certain chemicals pass next to the carbon surface, they attach to the surface and are trapped.

Activated charcoal is good at trapping carbon-based impurities ("organic" chemicals), as well as things like chlorine. Many other chemicals are not attracted to Carbon at all -- sodium and nitrates, to name a couple -- so they pass right through. This means that an activated charcoal filter will remove certain impurities while ignoring others. It also means that, once all of the bonding sites are filled, an activated charcoal filter stops working. At that point, you must replace the filter.

 

References: 

Q fever prevention - how to fit a P2 mask - Fact sheets. https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/q-fever-p2-mask.aspx

Masks and N95 Respirators | FDA. https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/personal-protective-equipment-infection-control/masks-and-n95-respirators

How Filters Work - Gas Mask Filters | HowStuffWorks. https://science.howstuffworks.com/gas-mask2.htm

 

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