You hear a lot of discussion about N-95 masks or respirators, but what are they really? N-95 respirators filter 95% of all particulates from the air you breathe in while wearing the mask. It does not provide 100% filtration but does significantly reduce the amount of particles, including virus particles, that you inhale.
During this pandemic, it is critical that the people providing direct care to COVID-19 patients have N-95 respirators available to them. Hospitals, clinics, first responders, and other medical professionals are working to prioritize the supply and use of these masks.
While you will have a difficult time trying to purchase N-95 masks, you can achieve the same level of protection. How?
- Wash your hands thoroughly and as often as possible, especially after interactions with other people or after shopping, getting the mail, or being out in public.
- Practice Social Distancing, yes, even at home.
- Mask every time you are out of your home.
Taking these three simple steps will have a significant impact on slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for your friends and family.