Which Type of PPE Mask is Best for You?: The Different Types of Medical Supply PPE You Should Know About
Which Mask is Right For You?
|Who should wear it||Exposure potential||Other Types of PPE|
|N95 Mask: FDA Cleared & NIOSH Approved||Doctors, nurses, first responders, and the highest exposure potentials||Highest. Close contact with COVID-19 patients and the highest contamination areas.||Face shields, gowns, goggles, protective suits, gloves, and other PPE are also required.|
|N95 MASK: FDA Cleared||Medical staff at clinics, nursing home staff, dentists, police, firefighters with high exposure potential.||High. Jobs that require close contact with individuals who may or may not have the virus.||Face shields, gloves, and goggles are recommended on top of wearing a mask.|
|KN95 Mask Listed Under FDA EUA 04/04/20||Bus and delivery drivers, restaurant staff, janitors, store staff, bank tellers, cashiers, construction workers, etc.||Moderate. Jobs that will have contact with individuals who may or may not have the virus.||Face shields, gloves, and other products that might be recommended for those who talk with customers in a close space.|
|Surgical Masks Meet FDA||Individuals who can practice social distancing at work and in their daily life.||Low. An individual who has a job that allows practice of social distancing. The individual has the option and privilege to social distance.||Not recommended except when gloves might be necessary.|
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