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The 11 types of masks and their correct use


Most people had little information regarding the use of masks, but now they are part of our daily lives as a measure of individual and social protection

The sanitary measures caused by the pandemic of Covid-19 have changed our lifestyle, which is perceived at a time when the majority of the population wants to know more details about elements such as mask to feel more secure.

There are different types of masks, and then we present the 11 types that exist and their characteristics.

According to the origin of the air

one. Purifying masks

According to an article on the portal Next style, the purifying masks are intended avoid inhalation of toxic microorganisms from outside that are present in the air and in small liquid particles.

2. Supplied air mask

They are special masks that have their own air system in a way that provides clean air to a person who usually has trouble breathing normally. They work from oxygen cylinders.

According to its use

3. Hygienic masks

These masks should cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Although they are not considered as a medical device, the WHO and the governments of each country have promoted their use in recent times.

4. Surgical masks

The masks used by health personnel, doctors, nurses, infected patients or suspected of being infected. Its design allows filtration of exhaled air, thus protecting the people around the user.

5. Epi Masks

These masks are a type of personal protection that prevents contagion between the personnel of a medical institution. Unlike previous masks, these filter the air you breathe in to cut out potentially toxic agents.

According to European standards

6. FFP1 masks

The function of these masks is to prevent the person who uses them from catching any disease. It is widely used in the world of work, and has a 78% effectiveness rate.

7. FFP2 masks

These masks have a 92% effectiveness rate, and are designed to prevent both the user and the people around him from contracting any disease.

8. FFP3 masks

They are the most effective masks since they have a 98% effectiveness rate. They are usually used for cases where there is contact with carcinogens, radioactive and poisonous agents.

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According to American standards

9. No oil resistance

These are masks that have a significant filtration percentage of the microparticles present in the air (between 95 and 99.97%).

10. Oil resistant

These masks are used to prevent the filtration of microscopic fluid particles, including blood.

eleven. Oil proof

The most resistant masks according to US standards and, therefore, the most efficient when protecting ourselves.

Every type of mask It has particular features that you must know so that you can identify which one is the most appropriate for you, so we invite you to reflect on each one and its correspondence with your needs Health.


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