The Best Way to Prevent Getting COVID - *NEW* Respokare® N95 Respirator Mask
The Best Way to Prevent Getting COVID - *NEW* Respokare® N95 Respirator Mask
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There is a brand new N95 respirator mask that is NOW available to the public. It’s also a lot more comfortable compared to other N95 masks, and also has the added benefit of inactivating viral and bacterial proteins.
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How can you prevent inhaling the virus? The best thing you can do to prevent inhaling the virus into your lungs…Is to wear an N95 mask or an elastomeric mask. N95 respirators are tight-fitting and filter out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. But, the CDC recommends the public not to purchase these, and not to wear these.
And there are multiple reasons for that. These n95 masks (respiratory protection) are being reserved for health care workers. And Amazon will not sell them right now. They’re also uncomfortable, and your voice gets muffled, or make you feel smothered. It partially obstructs airflow in and out of your mouth and nostrils, so if you have an underlying lung condition, like COPD emphysema, probably not something you can tolerate for very long. Also, these have to fit properly on your face to be effective, and in order to do so, you can’t have most types of facial hair, because that can disrupt a good seal of the mask. An elastomeric respirator is a reusable device with exchangeable cartridge filters. Like an N95 respirator, it also filters out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. It fits tight against the user's face but is more comfortable than an N95. Before reusing the mask, all its surfaces need to be wiped down with a disinfectant.
So although both of these are not perfect, they are very effective at preventing inhalation of the virus. So these are the best way to prevent inhaling coronavirus, as well as other viruses like influenza and measles, but wearing these is not necessarily a practical thing to do. But, then, just last week, another doctor saw my video on airborne transmission, and messaged me on Instagram, asking me if I heard about this new Respokare® NIOSH N95 mask. And so I looked it up online and did a bunch of research on it. The company that makes the mask is Innonix. At first, I thought this would be some sort of gimmicky mask, but I was wrong.
I was impressed enough to reach out to them and ask if I could review the mask and possibly make a video about it, and they sent me a few samples, and here we are. Just like a regular N95, such as this one that we use in the hospital, made by the company 3M (3M n95 mask), this mask will filter out particles as small as 0.3 microns. It’s also listed on the CDC’s website of NIOSH-Approved N95 Respirators. It’s also FDA approved. So what sets this mask apart from a regular N95 mask? Several things, actually. For one, it's much more comfortable to wear. You’ve probably seen pictures of health care workers with marks and lines and even bruising on their faces as a result of wearing N95s. And from my personal experience, they’re just not comfortable, especially for more than an hour or two of use. The company also claims that it can “inactivate up to 99.9% of particles within minutes,” So not only trapping viruses and bacteria but destroying them too.
This new KN95 Respokare mask has 4 layers, and the innermost layer is built of soft materials to ensure comfort during periods of long-wear, and is also water-resistant, which is also nice.
On top of that are 3 more layers, that serve to not only trap fine particles, but one of the layers contains copper and zinc ions which serve to destruct viruses and bacteria. Also, the outermost layer has an acidic coating, creating a low pH environment, which helps to destroy viral and bacterial proteins. Unfortunately, I was not able to find any published evidence of this in a medical journal. They also show tables of which viruses and bacteria become activated with a few minutes. So this includes not only coronavirus, but also other viruses and bacteria that can become airborne, like influenza, measles, and some bacteria like tuberculosis, and also helps to prevent inhaling allergens, and pollution. So this is something I am going to buy more of, not only for myself, my friends and family. Also, if you are around other people, don’t forget to protect your eyes with goggles, or glasses that don’t let air in. And try not to touch your face or mask without having clean hands.
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How N95 Masks Stop Viruses
Preventing a pathogen from entering our respiratory system, at first glance, may seem obvious. The first thought might be to trap them by preventing particles from moving through a filter. But looking deeper at the problem reveals the true scope of the challenge.
With every normal breath we take, we inhale around a half-liter of air. The pressure difference between the atmosphere and our lungs during inhalation, peaks at around 8 cm of water. For comparison, a typical shop vac can pull a vacuum of around 200 cm of water or about 25 times that of our lungs.
Pathogens vary widely in size with bacteria generally ranging in size from 1-20 um to viruses which can range from 17nm up to 750nm. The rhinovirus that causes the common cold, for example, is around 30nm in diameter, while HIV, SARS-COV-2, and some strains of influenza hover around 120nm.
TYPES OF RESPIRATORS
N95 respirators are part of a class of respiratory protection devices known as mechanical filter respirator. These mechanically stop particles from reaching the wearer's nose and mouth. Another form of respiratory protection is the chemical cartridge respirator. These are specifically designed to chemically remove harmful volatile organic compounds and other vapors from the breathing air.
Both classes of respirators are available in powered configurations, known as powered air-purifying respirators.
The N95 designation is a mechanical filter respirator standard set and certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the United States. The number designates the percentage of airborne particles removed, not their size. While ratings up to N100, that can filter 99.97% of airborne particles exist, N95 respirators were determined to be suitable for short-term health care use, in the 1990s.
Other designations include oil-resistant R and oil proof P respirators, which are designed to be more durable and maintain filter effectiveness against oily particles in industrial use. Surgical grade N95 respirators possessing fluid resistance were specifically cleared by the United States Food And Drug Administration for medical use.
HOW THEY WORK
Modern mechanical filter respirators work, not by ‘netting’ particles but rather by forcing them to navigate through a high surface area maze of multiple layers of filter media. This concept allows for large unobstructed paths for air to flow through while causing particles to attach to fibers due to a number of different mechanisms.
In order to achieve the high surface area required, a non-woven fabric manufacturing process known as melt-blow is used for the filter media. In this technique high temperature, high-pressure air is used to melt a polymer, typically polypropylene, while it’s spinning. This produces a tough yet flexible layer of material composed of small fibers. Depending on the specifications of the layer being produced, these fibers can range from 100um all the way down to about 0.8um in diameter.
How these fibers capture particles are determined by the movement of air through the filter media. The path of air traveling around a fiber moves in streams. The likelihood of a particle to stay within this stream is primarily determined by its size.
The largest particles in the air tend to be slow-moving and predominantly settle out due to gravity.
Particles that are too small for the effects of gravity, down to around 600 nm, are primarily captured by inertial impact and interception.
Inertial impaction occurs on larger particles in this size range.
In contrast, particles below 100nm are mainly captured through a mechanism known as diffusion. Random movements of air molecules cause these very small particles to wander across the air stream due to Brownian motion. Because the path taken through the filter is drawn out, the probability of capture through inertial impact or interception increases dramatically, particularly at lower airflow velocities.
Because of the complex, overlapping methods by which particle filtration occurs, the smallest particles are not the most difficult to filter. In fact, the point of lowest filter efficiency tends to occur where the complementing methods begin to transition into each other, around 50-500 nm. Particles in this range are too large to be effectively pushed around by diffusion and too small to be effectively captured by the interception or inertial impaction. This also happens to be the range of some of the more harmful viral pathogens.
Interestingly, the more a respirator is worn, the more efficient it becomes.
The weakest point on any respirator is how well it seals against the face. Air will always pass through facial leaks because they offer much lower resistance than the respirator, carrying particles with it.
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N95 VS SURGICAL MASKS | The differences, filtration, efficacy, approval, and COVID-19.
With all the information on N95 VS surgical masks out there right now, it can be difficult to know what face masks to use and when. Especially when it comes to choosing between surgical masks and n95’s used to protect against COVID-19, because the differences between these two masks, are pretty significant.
So today, we wanted to go over a few factors that make these two items of PPE unique, to help you make the choice that’s best for your situation.
When it comes to understanding the differences between a surgical mask and n95, one of the first things you’ll notice is they look very different. These two items look different because they were built with different intentions. Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, these masks were used in medical environments for differing levels of protection.
In this video, we go over N95 vs surgical masks to help you get the information you need to help you make the right choices for workplace safety when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic.
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