Face masks protect you from infectious diseases. If you are thinking about getting face masks, you need to decide which type to buy and how many you should stock up on.
A Buying Checklist
Disposable masks and respirators are meant for single-use and should never be shared, washed or recycled. So if your mask or respirator gets damaged, soiled or if you have trouble breathing with it on, it should be discarded and replaced with a new one.
When buying your masks and respirators, check for:
- The manufacturer’s name printed on its packaging.
- The filtration efficiency that you are looking for. Surgical masks should have a filtration efficiency of 80 percent or higher, and N95 respirators should have a filtration efficiency of 95 percent.
- An expiry date on its packaging. Unused disposable respirators are valid for about three years from the date of the manufacture—if they are not opened and are stored properly.
- A listing of materials. Make sure it does not contain materials that you are allergic to.
- A good fit.
So when you need to stock up on masks, keep an eye out for those that suit your needs. Masks and respirators are available at pharmacies, clinics and supermarkets