Masks

masks

Resources, links to buy, video review, tools for better fit, how to test for a good seal, and more!

Note: We have no financial ties to any of these masks, we just want to help you be protected. We gathered the best information we could find to share with you and your loved ones here.

Start here:

Masks4All has an extensive FAQ page here masks4all.co/faqs-on-better-masks
They include TONS of resources, including how to avoid fakes, tips for how to choose and wear a better mask, and more! It is a great page to start with.

*note: some pages on this site focus on homemade masks that were needed when there was a shortage of PPE. As of this writing, there is no longer a shortage.


Types of Masks

Note: as of this writing (sept 2021) these is no shortage of N95s / elastomeric respirators

Video: Dr. McDonald: Fit, Filter and Function of masks
(follow Dr McDonald on twitter)

Dr Jennifer McDonald demonstrates the spectrum of masks, accessories, and seal test procedure.
*note: envo kit now comes with an valve plug for optional filtered exhalations

Disposable mask review by @MaskNerd

Adult KF Masks – 5:12
Bluna FaceFit KF94behealthyusa.net
kollecteusa.com
MaskLab FFP2masklab.us
CleanTop Evergreen KF94kollecteusa.com
BOTN Medium KF94behealthyusa.net
kollecteusa.com
Dr. Puri Medium KF94behealthyusa.net
BOTN Black Large KF94behealthyusa.net
kollecteusa.com
www.everydayemall.com
LG Airwasher Style Black KF94www.everydayemall.com
Adult KN Style Masks – 10:43
Powecom Black KN95bonafidemasks.com
Arun External Nose Clip KN95longanmerch.com
*NOTE TO SELECT EXTERNAL NOSE CLIP*
3M 9502+ NIOSHkn95respiratormasksforsale.com
3M 9502+ KN95kn95respiratormasksforsale.com
Links to order masks from the @MaskNerd video above

Where to buy

Project N95 is a national non profit focused on providing vetted masks, respirators, home-testing equipment and more. shop.projectn95.org/all

Protectly.co Protectly is a grassroots firm, founded by a tight-knit team based in Portland, OR. Veterans in sourcing and distribution, they source high-quality and reliable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for less. www.protectly.co

American Mask Manufacturers Association A list of American mask manufacturers, linking to their individual websites. www.ammaunited.org/members

Canadian Association of PPE ManufacturersA list of Canadian PPE manufacturers, linking to their individual websites cappem.ca
(On twitter twitter.com/CAPPEM2)

Canada Strong Masks CanadaStrongMasks.ca
(On twitter twitter.com/masks4allCanada)

Kids’ Masks see our page dedicated to protective masks for children.

Elastomeric Respirators are featured below, with more information here.


Improve fit of surgical masks

A good seal is critical to ensuring air flows through the filtering material, and not into the gaps around the edges.

Mask Fitter – Badger seal

badger seal mask fitter

Adding the Badger Seal to a 3-ply disposable mask reduces the effective particle penetration by typically 15x. DIY instructions here can be customized with head elastic, double elastic, or ear loops.

Open source design from UW Maker space
making.engr.wisc.edu/mask-fitter

Mask brace – FixTheMask

FixTheMask mask brace

How does it create a good fit?

Patent pending Nose Cushions apply light pressure across your cheeks instead of placing it all directly on your nose. It’s the key difference between our flat rubber sheet template and the Essential Mask Brace, and truly changes the game.

There’s also a DIY option you can cut from a rubber sheet with scissors.

www.fixthemask.com

Mask fitter review

(see @masknerd Aaron Collins’ YouTube channel for extensive mask reviews)

Video review of mask fitters by MaskNerd Aaron Collins

Masks and Respirators

Home Depot offers a great guide to respirator masks here.
Remember that COVID is Airborne, so you want N95 or equivalent. (or surgical with brace as above)

Source: https://www.homedepot.com/c/ab/types-of-respirator-masks/9ba683603be9fa5395fab907a681adb

Elastomeric Respirators

NameImageLink
Envo Mask
(kit with filters $79)
Very easy to speak through
Kits come with valve plug
Envo maskenvomask.com
3M 6000
(~$32 for kit with p100 filters)

exhalation valve filters $9
or cover with a surgical mask if needed
protectly.co
or
www.grainger.com
GVS Ellipse P100 with Source Control NIOSH Respirator
(no exhale valve)

($30 with filters)
Easy to speak through
www.gvs.com
Dentec Comfort-Air®Nx (black)
Dentec Comfort-Air®NxMD (white)

(~$25)
NIOSH approved
No exhale valve
Easy to speak through
N95 or P100 filters
manufacturer video: www.dentecsafety.com

to buy: www.criticaltool.com
Flo mask for kids
No exhale valve
Over 99.8% Viral Filtration Efficiency
(~$50)
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FloMask.jpgflomask.com
Compare more masks at PatientKnowHow.com
(thank you @sri_srikrishna)
patientknowhow.com
Non-valved NIOSH approved

CDC’s list of Non-Valved, (i.e., no exhalation port) Particulate-Filtering Elastomeric Half Mask Respirators (NV EHMRs)www2a.cdc.gov
A few models of available Elastomeric Respirators

Please visit our more detailed page about Elastomeric Respirators for more information.


Clear panel masks

NameImageLink
Savewo Smile
(discussion)
store.savewo.com
email for US orders

or
www.shoppwp.com
Canopy www.onecanopy.com
clear panel masks / respirators

How to wear

If you have an N95, be sure to watch this video below so you have better idea about how to use it. We recommend you print out this short guide on how to do a user seal check.

Here’s a video from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) on how to do a user seal check (different from a fit test):

Home Depot offers this visual guide to help users understand how to wear a respirator and do a seal check.

how to wear a respirator and do a seal check

More examples

Take a look at some real photos of real people loving the protection of their respirators!


Do NOT take your mask off indoors

Dr Denise Dewald reminds us not to take masks off indoors, even if there is no one else around, because the virus persists in the air.


In the news

Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks—and Where to Get Them
www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-we-need-to-upgrade-our-face-masks-and-where-to-get-them

more to come…

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