Best Way to Prevent Getting Coronavirus : There is a brand new N95 respirator mask that is NOW available to the public. It’s also a lot more comfortable compared to other N95 masks, and also has the added benefit of inactivating viral and bacterial proteins.
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How can you prevent inhaling the virus? The best thing you can do to prevent inhaling the virus into your lungs…Is to wear an N95 mask or an elastomeric mask. N95 respirators are tight-fitting and filter out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. But, the CDC recommends the public not to purchase these, and not to wear these.
And there are multiple reasons for that. These n95 masks are being reserved for health care workers. And Amazon will not sell them right now. They’re also uncomfortable, and your voice gets muffled, or make you feel smothered. It partially obstructs airflow in and out of your mouth and nostrils, so if you have an underlying lung condition, like COPD emphysema, probably not something you can tolerate for very long.
Also, these have to fit properly on your face to be effective, and in order to do so, you can’t have most types of facial hair, because that can disrupt a good seal of the mask. An elastomeric respirator is a reusable device with exchangeable cartridge filters. Like an N95 respirator, it also filters out at least 95% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. It fits tight against the user’s face but is more comfortable than an N95. Before reusing the mask, all its surfaces need to be wiped down with a disinfectant.
So although both of these are not perfect, they are very effective at preventing inhalation of the virus. So these are the best way to prevent inhaling coronavirus, as well as other viruses like influenza and measles, but wearing these is not necessarily a practical thing to do. But, then, just last week, another doctor saw my video on airborne transmission, and messaged me on Instagram, asking me if I heard about this new Respokare® NIOSH N95 mask. And so I looked it up online and did a bunch of research on it. The company that makes the mask is Innonix. At first, I thought this would be some sort of gimmicky mask, but I was wrong.
I was impressed enough to reach out to them and ask if I could review the mask and possibly make a video about it, and they sent me a few samples, and here we are. Just like a regular N95, such as this one that we use in the hospital, made by the company 3M, this mask will filter out particles as small as 0.3 microns. It’s also listed on the CDC’s website of NIOSH-Approved N95 Respirators. It’s also FDA approved. So what sets this mask apart from a regular N95 mask? Several things, actually.
For one, it’s much more comfortable to wear. You’ve probably seen pictures of health care workers with marks and lines and even bruising on their faces as a result of wearing N95s. And from my personal experience, they’re just not comfortable, especially for more than an hour or two of use. The company also claims that it can “inactivate up to 99.9% of particles within minutes,” So not only trapping viruses and bacteria but destroying them too.
This new KN95 Respokare mask has 4 layers, and the innermost layer is built of soft materials to ensure comfort during periods of long-wear, and is also water-resistant, which is also nice.
On top of that are 3 more layers, that serve to not only trap fine particles, but one of the layers contains copper and zinc ions which serve to destruct viruses and bacteria. Also, the outermost layer has an acidic coating, creating a low pH environment, which helps to destroy viral and bacterial proteins. Unfortunately, I was not able to find any published evidence of this in a medical journal. They also show tables of which viruses and bacteria become activated with a few minutes.
So this includes not only coronavirus, but also other viruses and bacteria that can become airborne, like influenza, measles, and some bacteria like tuberculosis, and also helps to prevent inhaling allergens, and pollution. So this is something I am going to buy more of, not only for myself, my friends and family. Also, if you are around other people, don’t forget to protect your eyes with goggles, or glasses that don’t let air in. And try not to touch your face or mask without having clean hands.
Dr. Mike Hansen, MD
Internal Medicine | Pulmonary Disease | Critical Care Medicine
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