By Laura Harman
MASKC sells a range of disposable KN95 masks that are Covid-safe and are popular with a whole host of celebrities—and they're on sale right now!
There are many different types of masks and there are major differences between the KN95 mask and N95 masks, so it can be hard to know which mask is right for you. But there is a new KN95 mask from MASKC that might just give your best reusable face mask and stylish royal face covering a run for their money.
Facemasks from MASKC have been spotted on many A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, and Mandy Moore who all love this fashionable way to stay safe during the Pandemic. MASKC states that their brand is "the union of fashion and function, the ultimate stylish disposable mask. Created to keep you safe without compromising style. Our goal is to provide you and your loved ones with ultimate safety and superior comfort in prints and colors you love to wear".
The brand also states that they use their revenue to help support front-line workers. They state, "For every mask sold, MASKC™ donates one mask to our front-line heroes, We value teamwork, empowerment, and service and we are proud to help in these uncertain times."
Hilary Duff was also spotted wearing a bright pink MASKC mask as she was out for dinner one night. The bright pink colour added a fun pop of colour to her outfit while also ensuring she was Covid safe.
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New parents and style icons Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas were also spotted wearing MASKC masks. The pair looked casual and chic as they donned different coloured masks to complement each of their outfits.
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Cloth mask vs KN95 mask—which is more effective?
There are various differences between a cloth mask and a KN95 mask. Both are good options to keep yourself safe during the Pandemic, but a KN95 has some added benefits that cloth masks don't. The KN95 mask is built to specific requirements, as the mask must filter out 95% of air particles and, specifically, filter tiny particles measured at 0.3 microns. KN95 masks have only been tested and regulated in China, however, and haven't been approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is the U.S. organization responsible for regulating masks. Cloth masks don't have approval from the NIOSH either.
A cloth mask is an accepted form of face mask to protect from Covid-19, but they are not properly tested to ensure adequate filtration. Many opt for double masking in this instance for better protection. Cloth masks can be used from any type of material as there are no guidelines that regulate how cloth masks are made, therefore it is hard to measure the efficacy of masks that have not passed rigorous testing.
Another key difference is that KN95 masks are disposable and are built to be thrown away. In comparison, cloth masks are more eco-friendly as they are designed to be worn and washed multiple times by the user.
Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York told Healthline that he felt N95 masks were superior to both cloth and KN95 masks. However, he agreed that although KN95 masks aren't tested in the US, they are still better than cloth masks. He said, “Even KN95s that do not meet U.S. standards for filtering efficiency might still provide better protection against COVID-19 than a surgical or cloth mask.”
You need to wear a face mask properly in order for it to be fully effective. John Hopkins Medicine directs that whichever mask you wear, you should wash your hands before and after touching a mask. They also direct that only the ties to a mask should be touched when placing the mask on your face. John Hopkins Medicine also states, "Make sure the mask fits to cover your nose, mouth, and chin. If you adjust the mask to cover those areas, wash your hands before and after." Masks should always cover the nose and should fit without gaps to the wearer's face.
However, that is not to say that cloth masks do not have their uses. Director of global health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena told Healthline, “Cloth masks are the most permeable and offer the least protection, but are better than no mask at all.”
So the answer seems to be that although some American physicians argue that the N95 mask is the superior mask, due to its thorough US testing and its 'fit test' that ensures that it is the perfect face fit, many also agree that KN95 masks are a suitable alternative. It is also agreed by those in the medical community that cloth masks are difficult to regulate but are safer than wearing no mask at all.
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