IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN N95 AND KN95?
What’s the difference between KN95 and N95 masks?
KN95 is almost the equivalent to N95 in every aspect.
N95 is the U.S. standard, and the KN95 is the China standard.
The certifications only refer to the country in which the standards and regulations were created, not where the masks are made. Most N95 and KN95 masks and filters are still made in China and Asia.
The certification of KN95 masks include a requirement on “fit testing,” which tests the air inside and outside of the mask, as well as how the mask fits around your face. The N95 masks do not have these requirements to meet that standard.
Both the KN95 and N95 masks are more than 95 percent efficient at filtering 0.3 micron particles — particles that are even smaller than the droplets created when talking, coughing, or sneezing — making them an effective way to filter out germs and bacteria.
Right now, the CDC, (the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is asking everyone the United States to reserve N95 for hospitals and critical medical workers. This now frees up the public to use the KN95 for a high level of protection.
Recall of KN95 and N95 masks.
In early to mid 2020 there was such a high demand for these masks that some were not manufactured correctly. Since then higher standards have been put in place with regular government checks and a certification of each manufactured batch of masks and filters.
Every new batch of KN95 filters we use are tested and certified during manufacture. We check their certification and hold a copy of these on file.
Please remember that masks are not a magic bullet. They offer great protection for your respiration but you still need to exercise caution, such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and limiting person-to-person interaction.