P2, N95 and Surgical Masks Compared | Doctor Explains Coronavirus Protection
Whether you’re using them to protect yourself from bushfire fumes, viruses or simply a fashion statement, in today’s episode of Dr Nora I take you through the surgical, P2 and N95 mask. Discussing what each are used for, how to perform a fit check and how to safely dispose of used masks.
Surgical masks were originally designed to be used by surgeons helping to keep bugs from their mouth and nose from entering the sterile surgical field and thus reducing the chance of infection. As they are not tight fitting however, they do not provide protection against viruses. They are useful to use if you yourself, has flu like symptoms and do not wish to spread your illness to others.
Both the P2 and N95 mask block at least 95% of small particles. The difference between the two is where their testing requirements originated from, the N95 being tested in the USA and the P2 by European standards.
P2 respirators are considered to be sufficient for protection against viruses, however, in your local hardware store you may find some masks that offer additional protection to fumes, odours and pesticides. Always read the label to ensure adequate protection for your use.
HOW TO USE THE MASKS
It is very important that when using these masks they are fitted correctly. A fit check must be performed which ensures that there is no leakage of air around the mask on both inhalation and exhalation. To perform this, simply breath in and out with your hands around the mask to ensure there is no leakage. If you suspect there is an air leak readjust and tighten the mask.
DO’S AND DON'TS
Do cease using the mask if it becomes moist or soiled
Do a fit check prior to using mask
Do take off the mask once outside of the contaminated area
Do wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after use
Do not touch the outside of the mask
Do not hang the mask around the neck
Do not reuse masks
WHERE TO BUY P2 MASKS
Novel Coronavirus: https://youtu.be/gJ9dQqfT0zY
Flu Season: https://youtu.be/vZBCL-PgarA
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I hope you’ve found this video useful and always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line below.
Take care and stay healthy,
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