• Divya Dhomne

Know-It-All Guide about N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

As the number of industries and factories keep increasing, there has been an extensive increase in the pollution level as well, due to the emission of harmful, deadly gases. There are severe side effects to the inhalation of these gases and to prevent these harmful pollutants from entering our body, it is important to wear masks.

N95 respirators and surgical masks are personal protective equipment items that are used to protect the wearer from airborne particles and liquids contaminating the face.


A surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable mask that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer with any kind of contaminants in the environment. A surgical mask is intended to be worn by professionals during healthcare procedures. It is designed to prevent infections in patients and treating personnel by catching bacteria shed in liquid droplets and aerosols from the wearer's mouth and nose.

Surgical masks are made in different thicknesses and with different abilities to protect you from contacting liquids. If you wear these masks properly, they help in blocking large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays or splatter that may contain germs. These masks are also very effective to reduce the exposure of your saliva and respiratory secretions to others.

They are one time use and should be disposed of properly. If the mask is damaged or makes breathing difficult, one should remove the face mask immediately. To discard the mask safely, place it in a disposable bag and put it in a trash bin, and wash your hands after handling the used mask.


These are respiratory protective masks designed to give a very close facial fit. The N95 as the name suggests block at least 95 percent of very small approx. 0.3 microns test particles. The filtration capabilities can be exceeded to those of face masks. 


Surgical masks are loose-fitting, disposable devices that act as a physical barrier between the wearer and contaminants in the environment. The edges of these masks do not form a seal around the nose and mouth. 

In N95 respirators, edges are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. These masks are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 filtering respirators and are referred to as N95. 

The basic similarities between surgical masks and N95 are: 

  1. Both masks are tested for fluid resistance, filtration efficiency, flammability, and biocompatibility. 

  2. Both masks are not recommended to share with anyone.

Following is the infographic released by CDC


If you suffer from any chronic respiratory, cardiac or other medical conditions, consult a healthcare professional before wearing masks as it can make breathing difficult. However, some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing easier. These respirators are labelled as single-use disposable devices. If the respirator gets damaged, one must dispose of it properly.

Respirators and surgical masks both are essential to different industries. With the rapid increase in pollution, viruses, and bacterias in the environment it has become crucial to wear masks. Visit our site supplystreet.in for the best masks.

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