N95 Masks & Respirators – What’s the Difference?

Knowing the difference between Face Masks, has never been as important as it is now. As Covid-19 cases rise, we must adapt and be in control of our well-being. How can we do that? For starters, wear your face masks!

Top Face Masks that provide the best Comfort and Protection

  • N95 Respirator – Offers the highest level of protection and filters 95% of particles and is Niosh Approved.
  • KN95 Respirator – Filtration varies depending on the standard and manufacturer. KN95s provide more protection than disposable masks with a cone shape design.
  • Disposable Mask – Likely referred to as a “Medical Mask” or “Surgical Mask”. Disposable masks typically provide more protection than most Cloth Masks.
  • Cloth Mask – Cloth Masks are made from Fabrics and are non-medical. Layered woven or filtered / filter pocket cloth masks provide more protection vs a loosely woven cloth mask.

Some Examples of Top N95 Face Masks and Respirators:

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What does the CDC say about Face Masks?


  • Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19, and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask.
  • To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.
  • Masks and respirators are effective at reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, when worn consistently and correctly.
  • Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others, and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently than others. It is most important to wear a well-fitted mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection.
  • While all masks and respirators provide some level of protection, properly fitted respirators provide the highest level of protection. Wearing a highly protective mask or respirator may be most important for certain higher risk situations, or by some people at increased risk for severe disease.
  • CDC’s mask recommendations provide information that people can use to improve how well their masks protect them.

When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask. Gaps can be caused by choosing the wrong size or type of mask, and when a mask is worn with facial hair.

It is important to check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin.

  • Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.
  • Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
  • If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.

Do NOT wear cloth masks with

  • Gaps around the sides of the face or nose
  • Exhalation valves, vents, or other openings (see example)
  • Single-layer fabric or those made of thin fabric that don’t block light
  • Wet or dirty material

More Information Here:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/types-of-masks.html 

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