A good prepper should make sure they have a supply of N95 Respirator masks on hand. Just in case the virus gets out of hand. For peace of mind. I’ll give you three of my picks.
At the time of the SARS scare, there was a shortage of masks with many hospitals having to struggle to purchase an adequate supply.
Amazon still is offering masks at a reasonable cost but that will probably change as the demand may increase. I note some suppliers are on delayed delivery.
What you need to know about a good mask. You want more than the flimsy paper masks that you get when you go to the Doctor’s office with a cold.
NIOSH-Approved N95 Particulate Filtering Facepiece … – CDC
The N95 respirator is the most common of the seven types of particulate filtering facepiece respirators.
CDC: Dated but gives you the facts.
N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks
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With the advent of a novel H1N1 influenza outbreak in spring 2009 and the expectation of a second wave during the 2009–2010 flu season, there has been considerable interest in the use of surgical masks (facemasks) and respirators as infection control measures. Although their appearance is often similar, respirators are designed and engineered for distinctly different functions than surgical masks. The amount of exposure reduction offered by respirators and surgical masks differs. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the use of a NIOSH-certified N95 or better respirator for the protection of healthcare workers who come in direct contact with patients with H1N1.
The CDC guidance can be found In September 2009 the Institute of Medicine released a report that also recommends N95 respirators for the protection of healthcare workers from H1N1. This blog examines the scientific principles behind the design and performance of surgical masks and respirators. Although these principles apply to all particulate respirators, the discussion presented in this article is focused on the most frequently used respirator in healthcare settings, the N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR).
Continues: Additionally, the NIOSH Respirator Trusted-Source Information Page can help users identify NIOSH-approved respirators and learn how to use and obtain these products.
Previously I worked in healthcare. 3M is the gold standard. When looking to purchase be sure the image matches the description. No knock offs from China with this purchase.
This is a good one if you will be wearing it for an extended period of time.
Another good one if you can snag it. Easier and more comfortable breathing as above.
3M Particulate Respirator 8210, N95,
This is an inexpensive mask.. less than a buck a piece last I checked Amazon. An Amazon top pick. Some vendors back ordered.. Not individually packaged and not as comfortable but will get the job done for short hauls.
No need to panic, but buy them now. I checked Amazon last night and several have moved out completely. Checked vendors. Some gouging underway.
The swamp is not moving on this as they should, so it’s up to us for peace of mind.
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