Whether you buy your N95 masks from us at N95SurgicalMasks.com (all of our masks are USA NIOSH N95 certified) or another vendor, make sure you are getting genuine N95 masks by making sure they are on the NIOSH approved list.
Was this advice to help keep supplies for hospitals and healthcare staff?
Meanwhile in Asia, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and other countries are all wearing masks in public.
Asia is controlling the outbreak better than the West. Is it due to wearing masks?
Experts are now agreeing around the world. N95 masks help protect against coronavirus transmission and saves lives.
‘This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role — you’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth,’ George Gao, who works with the Chinese Center for Disease and Prevention, told Science Magazine.
‘Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections. If they are wearing face masks, it can prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others,’ Gao said.
A public health expert at the University of Birmingham in the UK, KK Cheng, thinks it’s common sense that wearing a mask would help protect more people from contracting coronavirus.
‘Just imagine you’re traveling in the New York [City] subway on a busy morning. If everyone wears a mask, I’m sure that it would reduce the transmission,’ Cheng said.
Another expert says if it’s practical for doctors and nurses to wear masks to protect themselves from viruses, then why wouldn’t the same logic apply for everyone else?
‘It doesn’t make sense to imagine that … surgical masks are really important for health care workers but then not useful at all for the general public,’ Benjamin Cowling, an epidemiologist at the University of Hong Kong, told Science Magazine. ‘I think the average person, if they were taught how to wear a mask properly … would have some protection against infection in the community.’
The Degil Odyssey 74006B N95 Mask with exhaust valve is a premium respirator. We had to try it out for you.
When you first see the mask, you can’t help to think that is is cool or sleek. It differs from other masks in that it is moulded or shaped into a more vertical / slim shape than the typical round shaped masks.
Points for looks for sure!
The test We wore the mask for 2 days in a work environment where we wanted to protect ourselves from the Coronavirus. I was in contact with people 4-5 hours per day during a 10 hour shift. The mask was carefully taken off and put back on, several times per day.
The material of the mask is a little thinner and also stiffer than some other masks. It doesn’t detract from the comfort at all, it is just a different approach and probably a by-product of having such a moulded shape.
The Degil uses it’s contours as a concept to seal over the nose area. It is shaped narrow at the top to fit your nose. Inside at the top of the nose area, there is a light and thin foam flap that also helps to better seal around your nose.
The mask was pulled to my face and sealed well on the sides and bottom as well.
The straps on the Degil are pretty standard and similar to most masks. They are a rubber band type of material. I don’t have anything bad to say about the Degil straps, they are effective. That said, I would have preferred a fabric braided elastic strap like both the 3M 8510Plus and the 3M 8511 have.
Now onto the main feature, the Degil’s exhalation valve. The purpose of the exhalation valve is to let the exhaled breath escape the mask. This keeps the user cool and allows much more comfortable wear for longer periods of time.
How is the valve on the Degil 74006B?
In a word, it is fantastic. This is the killer feature of this mask. Degil has done a brilliant job of designing this valve. It is very thin and responsive allowing the valve to open and let the hot air out even with the smallest of breaths.
Here is a video of the Degil Odyssey 7400B exhalation valve in action. In the video, I am resting and breathing normally and the valve is opening every single time. Just want you want and expect.
This mask is NIOSH N95 certified so it will provide the protection needed against airborne particles. It filters out non oil based particles down to 0.3 μm including virus such as the coronavirus.
In addition to looking sleek and cool, this is a great N95 mask for someone that needs to wear a mask for longer periods of time. While we think they could have put a higher quality strap on the mask, the straps do the job of keeping the mask to your face. For comfort, this mask is top notch and you will stay cool with one of the best valves on the market.
The test The purpose of wearing the mask was to protect against virus, bacteria and sickness, primary to guard against the Coronavirus / Covid-19. The mask was worn for 16 days in a row during a work environment (non-medical) where contact with people was necessary about 4-5 hours out of a 10 hour day. The 8511 mask was worn for those 4-5 hours each day.
Comfort The 8511 Coolflow mask fit our face well initially and moulded to the shape of our face even better after the first day. The mask is made of a soft material but it’s dual outer and inner material construction stayed in shape until the end of the 16 days and fit my face perfectly.
Shapable nose piece The nose piece has a soft metal strip that allows you to shape the mask around the bridge of your nose. It worked well.
Coolflow Valve Next, the main feature of this mask is the Coolflow exhalation valve. This is the plastic bit on the front of the mask which covers a diaphragm that lets exhaled breath escape from the mask to make breathing easier and keep things cooler and more comfortable inside the mask.
The valve did work well and keep things inside the mask cooler. I could feel the valve open as breath was exhaled most of the time. It was much appreciated when I had to wear the mask for longer periods and when walking, lifting, climbing stairs or doing any activity where you breathe a little bit harder than normal. The Coolflow valve was also great when in rooms that were warm already.
When just resting and breathing lightly however, I felt that the valve did not always open. This made things a little warmer than when the valve is opening. Not uncomfortable or anything but I do wish the valve opened all the time, even for the lightest breathing.
You can see this in the video we made below. In the beginning I am breathing normally and the valve is not opening. Then afterwards, I am breathing a little heavier and the valve is opening.
Durability The mask kept it’s structure for the length of the trial and is of high quality material and construction. No complaints at all.
Straps I didn’t thing the straps were a big deal but they were, especially when re-using the mask for many days as well as taking the mask off and putting it on several times per day.
The straps are a high quality ribbed fabric elastic. They kept their elasticity throughout the whole period and kept the mask sealed tight to my face.
Wear How long you can wear these masks will depend on the environment you are in. For example, if you are in a very dusty / dirty environment, the pores of the mask will get clogged up faster and it will eventually become difficult to breathe.
I did drop the mask a couple times and got the front a bit dirty but other than that the mask is still wearable.
I also wore goggles / eye protection and I put the goggles on over the mask so the goggles were resting on the top of the mask on the bridge of the nose. This pushed in the mask a bit but didn’t cause any damage.
I expected the inside of the mask to be a bit dirtier but it isn’t too bad at all. Around the edges of the mask howvever, you can see some dirtiness from where it is touching your skin.
Conclusion The 3M 85100 N95 mask is a very good respirator that has helped keep me safe and comfortable for long periods of time. I highly recommend this mask and will wear it again myself.
Here are some pictures of the mask after the 16 days of use.
Our N95 Mask Shopify store was disabled without notice recently. All of a sudden due to the coronavirus pandemic, they decided not to allow to sell N95 masks. They said it was too high of a risk for them.
This is a strange policy as it stops the public and health providers from getting the N95 masks and respirators that they and their friends and family need in this tough time.
Our N95 mask store is back up and running and we are adding stock and gradually improving the website to serve you.
We have N95 masks in stock and orders are being processed within 24 hours so you can get you masks as quickly as possible.
You have protected yourself from breathing in contaminants by correctly fitting and wearing your N95 mask, now you need to make sure your don’t spread contamination when you remove your mask.
Here is how to remove your N95 Surgical Mask respirator.
Wash your hands with soap and water before touching or taking off the mask.
Important. Do not touch the front part of the mask, it may be contaminated. Only touch the elastic bands.
3a. For face masks with elastic bands securing the mask, lift the bottom strap over your head first and then pull the top strap over your head to remove the mask in a motion away from you so the front of the mask doesn’t touch anywhere.
3b. For face masks with ties, remove the bottom tie first and then the top tie
3c. For face masks with straps over the ears, hold the straps, take each side off one by one and then remove the mask away from you, again not letting the front of the mask touch anything.
If you are going to re-use your mask, hang it up somewhere by the bands so the front of the mask isn’t touching anything.
Wash your hands well with soap and water again.
Once you have your mask off make sure to practice good cleanliness practices. Wash your hands with soap as soon as you enter your house, before eating, after going to the washroom etc. Also refrain from touching your mouth, nose, eyes if your hands haven’t been properly cleaned first.
Properly removing your mask isn’t difficult, but it is very important. The main thing to remember is to assume that the front of the mask is contaminated. Don’t touch it with your hands or let the front of the mask touch anything while you are removing it.
There is much confusion and misinformation about the classification and certification of respirators and face masks.
For example, lets look at N95 masks that are NIOSH Approved.
The ‘N” means it is not resistant to petroleum products and contaminants. There are two more ratings and they are R, which is somewhat resistant to petroleum and P, which is strongly resistant to petroleum.
The ’95’ means that it is designed to block 95% of particles that are 0.3 μm (microns) or bigger. For reference a single virus is usually about 3 μm.
So the N95 means it is a mask that is not resistant to petroleum products and contaminants.
NIOSH stands for “The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health”. Here is the what they say on their website about page:
“The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established NIOSH as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, and empowering employers and workers to create safe and healthy workplaces. NIOSH is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It has the mandate to assure “every man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources.” NIOSH has more than 1,300 employees from a diverse set of fields including epidemiology, medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, chemistry, statistics, economics, and many branches of engineering.”
NIOSH approved means that the NIOSH organisation has approved the mask to be of a certain quality or performance. In this case, they certify that a mask meets the N95 standard.
When buying N95 masks there are many options on the market. One choice you will come across is to choose a standard N95 respirator without a valve, or to get a mask with a valve.
The valve in facemasks are there to make the mask more comfortable for you, especially when wearing the mask for longer periods of time. When you exhale, the valve opens up and lets the hot air through the valve instead of having to force the air through the mask filter. This makes it easier to breath and also keeps you cooler. It also helps the mask not get damp / soiled as it lets the hot and humid exhalation air out quickly and directly.
Masks with valves will still protect your inhaled breaths as when you breath in, the valve is closed and the mask will filter as a standard mask would do.
This is what 3M says about their 3M Cool Flow valves:
“The Cool Flow valve’s efficiency in keeping breathing cool and comfortable has been demonstrated through testing*: the atmosphere inside a respirator with a Cool Flow valve is on average 7.5°F cooler than the similar product without the valve. This makes Cool Flow valve respirators ideal for long periods of wear, especially where conditions are hot, humid or physically demanding. *Testing conducted in a 3M laboratory. Testing protocol, data generation and conclusions were reviewed and approved by an expert from The University of Minnesota”
It is also important to note when you should not use a valved mask. If you are in a sterile healthcare environment you SHOULD NOT wear a valved mask. The reason is that the mask will not filter out contaminants from your exhaled breath. This will contaminate the environment around the wearer. By the same token, for containment purposes for example, if someone is sick with something transmissible or contagious they should wear a standard mask, NOT a valved mask.
There you have it, now you know when to choose a standard N95 mask and when to choose a valved N95 facemask.