How to understand that your high protection mask is “monkey”


The fact that the Omicron mutation is transmitted at breakneck speeds around the world has also caused an “explosion” in the demand for high protection masks.

Before getting masks like the N95, KN95 and KF94, you have to be extremely careful, because there is a good chance you will get high protection masks that are… anything other than that.

The first thing you can do is buy the masks from reputable manufacturers and retailers. The New York Times, in fact, presents the 12 SOS for such markets.

The twelfth catalog

1) They are available in sealed packages: The original masks are sealed in such a way that it is clear that they have been used before you. But if the masks are in a bag that is either tied with tape or closed with a zipper then you should be very careful.

2) If there is no information either about the company or its location, then… be cunning. The packaging where the masks are contained should indicate where they were made. At the same time there should be a legal website or address. This is because if you encounter a problem or have questions you should contact their manufacturer.

3) Absence of expiration date? If so κι bell! As soon as the path that blocks the particles “weakens”, the expiration date should always be written on the package. According to Christina Baxter, CEO of Emergency Response TIPS, LLC, a training and emergency consulting firm, it is very likely that the elastomeric materials in the straps as well as the components that hold them in place will be damaged.

4) Incorrect use of official terminology? “Bell” and that! Any packaging must state that the mask has been approved by the FDA. It should be noted that the N95 mask must have been approved by the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) and not by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, a N95 surgical mask must be FDA approved.

However, neither NIOSH nor the FDA provide the so-called approval certificates. “So every certification letter that is enclosed is fake,” ECRI President and CEO Markus Sampaker said in a statement.

In addition, it is common for the KN95 or KF94 masks to be labeled “FDA registered” or “FDA listed”. However, this simply means that the manufacturer has submitted the documents to inform the FDA of its existence and not that the masks have been tested or approved.

5) Does the packaging mention the words “genuine”, “legal”, “authentic” or “reliable”? Then you have to be skeptical, according to the CDC. If the manufacturer was reliable then it would not go into the process of claiming to be reliable and so on.

In case of typographical or grammatical errors in the packaging, “this is an indication that it comes from a company that is not interested in the quality of its product,” said in a statement the vice president of the security department of the company 3M.

6) Be careful if there is no company name or logo. The mask should have either the name or the company logo.

7) Defective product? Masks should not have a crooked wire nose bridge, tires that lose their elasticity or detach easily. These elements can affect their application and were not present in reputable brands.

8) Pay close attention to the absence of the NIOSH signal. The word NIOSH should be capitalized and easily identifiable.

9) Absence of approval number. This number is an alphanumeric identifier that begins with the letters “TC-84A” and is followed by four additional digits. If available, check it in the NIOSH Certified Equipment List.

10) Ear loops: The original N95 respirators are secured with a pair of elastic bands on the back of the head. This usually creates a better fit compared to the ear loops on the KN95 and KF94 masks.

11) To have a sign for use by children. At present, no N95 masks for children have been released. Only adult masks are submitted to the NIOSH approval process. If there is a designation “Kids N95”, then we are dealing with a false construction. However, there are authentic KN95 and KF94 masks in children’s size.

12) Be very careful if there is no GB marking. According to the standard KN95, the masks manufactured after July 1, 2021 bear the stamp GB2626-2019. This stamp is the confirmation that the mask was made according to the current Chinese standards.

However a mask that has a GB number and expires in 2006 made according to the previous standard is still legal if the expiration date has not passed.

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