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Coronavirus outbreak: What is an N95 mask?

Published on February 5, 2020 at 16.00

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Amid the recent cases of coronavirus in the UAE, the Ministry of Health and Prevention mentioned the use of N95 masks for those who deal with potential cases of the illness.-Reuters
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While many are familiar with simple surgical face masks for protecting themselves against coronavirus, these masks are not designed to block tiny particles in the air.-Reuters
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The Ministry of Health and Prevention recommends that healthcare professionals use an N95 respirator instead while dealing with cases of coronavirus.-Reuters
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The N95 designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95 percent of very small (0.3 micron) test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks.- Reuters
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The N95 is named so because it blocks at least 95% of tiny particles.-AFP
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The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and the US Centre for disease control often recommends these masks to health workers dealing with tuberculosis and SARS.-Reuters
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N95 masks are more effective in preventing coronavirus, as unlike surgical masks, they prevent you from touching your mouth, reducing chances of transmission.-Reuters
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However, the N95 mask may be difficult to put on for those who are not medical professionals.-Reuters
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Often, people take off the mask because it feels hot and stuffy when it is not put on correctly. It is advised to watch a video or check out a guide on how to wear it.-Reuters
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A government-approved N95 mask, when combined with good hygiene, can drastically lower your chances of catching the viral illness.-Reuters
 
 
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