Surgical respirators are designed to filter out airborne particles like viruses and bacteria and fit securely around the mouth and nose.
Surgical masks should not be shared with anyone.
The surgical masks need to be worn properly so that it protects the wearer from large-particle droplets, splashes or sprays reaching the mouth and nose, as they may contain germs and can arise while sneezing, talking and coughing. These masks also reduce the exposure of saliva and respiratory secretions from the user to others.
These masks are designed or intended to be used only once and disposed of after every use.
If in any case the mask of the user is damaged or soiled, or if the user experiences any difficulty in breathing then the mask should be removed and discarded safely and replace it with a new one as per the said protocols.
The wearer should wash his or her hands thoroughly when putting and removing the mask.
Making of an N95 mask
These masks are made out of non-woven fabric. Non-woven fabric is chosen because it has better bacteria filtration and air permeability even though they remain less slippery than the woven cloth.
The most common material used in the making of surgical masks is polypropylene with a density of either 20 or 25 grams per square meter (GSM). Other materials that are used in making these masks include polystyrene, polyethene, polycarbonate, or polyester.
The structure of these surgical masks is multi-layered, in which a layer of textile with non-woven bonded fabric is covered on both sides.
The masks also have different thicknesses and also have different abilities to protect the user from contact with liquid.
What is an N-95 Respirator Mask?
These are a type of respiratory protective gears and have high filtration efficiency to airborne particles. These masks have an air seal property due to which it gives a very close facial fit. These masks also have high fluid resistance, good breathability, and unique cup-shaped design. These masks ensure protection to the user from inhaling airborne particles.
Benefits of an N95 mask:
- Easy to wear.
- Effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should one change their face masks
Face masks should be changed once they get moist. One should not wear a mask for longer than one day. Disposable face masks should be used just once and then discarded
Can surgical masks be reused?
Surgical masks are not tested for any specific microorganisms and do not prevent any specific diseases. Hence, surgical masks should never be reused, washed or disinfected. Ideally, one should never share surgical masks with others.
What are N95 face masks?
N95 is a respiratory protective device. It is designed so as to attain a very close facial fit along with efficient filtration of airborne particles. This device helps in blocking at least 95 % of very small test particles from entering your mouth and hence the name.
Where to buy an N95 mask?
Surgical face masks are available in Hyderabad at:
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 1)
Address: H.No 1-100, G2, Hitech City main road, Opposite Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081.
TrueCare Surgicals (Store 2)
Address: Nizampet X road, Near Sri Holistic Hospital, Behind Vasireddy Swagruha Foods, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072.