With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, it appears that 2021 will likely be more of the same. Mask-wearing has become a regular part of life in many states and countries. However, appropriate and safe mark etiquette is essential to curbing the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve. If you want to do your part for the community, purchasing one of the best N95 face masks is a good step forward.
Thankfully, the market is completely saturated with face masks, so you’re spoilt for choice. This article will briefly list the top 5 N95 masks available today!
Top Face Masks Currently On The Market:
1. N95 Mask Respirator (NIOSH) Disposable Particulate Filtering Respirator Mask
Coming in at number 1 on our list is the N95 respirator mask from NIOSH. This mask boasts a 95% filtration efficiency and comes fitted with a cushioning nose foam. This makes it perfect for people who must wear their mask for long periods (healthcare workers, retail employees, and hospitality). The mask’s two-strap design also ensures that the covering offers a secure seal, meaning minimal air particles can slip inside the mask’s sides. The mask is commonly manufactured and distributed by AccuMed Biotech, based in Houston, Texas.
2. Evolvetogether Disposable Face Mask
Most commercial face masks brands don’t pass the strict medical guidelines. Thankfully, Evolvetogether’s disposal face masks pass these prescriptions, explicitly relating to filtration, breathability and splash resistance. They are also hypoallergenic and latex-free, which is excellent news for anyone who suffers from bad allergies.
3. AccuMed 50-Pack ASTM Level 2 Medical Face Mask, Surgical Mask
Disposable surgical masks are retailed by hundreds of manufacturers, mostly because of their efficiency and popularity. They are cheap to buy in bulk (a 50 pack can be purchased for an affordable rate) and come in a 3-layer design. While they are reasonably comfortable, they can slip around when talking with others and need to be readjusted from time to time. This can be frustrating since most health advice warns users against touching their face mask in public. However, because of their breathability and popularity, they come in third on our list.
4. Cloth masks with filter
A lot of commercial brands have jumped on the face mask bandwagon in the hope of making money in a viable, growing product segment. Many of these fashion and clothing brands are producing cloth-based masks with filters. Simply insert tissue paper or specially designed filters into the mask’s pouch for protection. The filter should be replaced daily. The problem with cloth masks is they are reusable, meaning the onus is on the user to make sure they clean their mask and replace the filter often. If the user doesn’t do this, then their mask will be far less effective, making the wearer vulnerable to more air droplets.
5. Cloth masks with no filter
Cloth masks with no filters can also be highly effective in combatting COVID-19; however, this is mostly predicated on its design and construction quality. The current medical advice is that individuals should only be considering cloth masks with at least three layers of fabric, preferably using 100% cotton. A typical cloth mask is approximately 50%, while higher quality cloth masks (that are washed frequently, worn appropriately and adequately designed) are close to 90% effective.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to sweep across the world, billions of people will need to be vigilant and careful when moving around their local communities and wider state. It will be sometime before national vaccination programs begin to take effect and build herd immunity. Until such a time, mask-wearing will either be strongly advised or mandatory in most public spaces, so it’s in your best interest to have a safe and reliable mask.
Cameron Dickerson is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at the University of Missouri, Cameron found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Kev’s Best, Cameron mostly covers state and national developments.