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Differences Between the N95 and KN95 Face Masks

As restrictions lift on the Stay-Home-Stay-Safe order, many opt to wear masks to protect others and themselves. A KN95 mask is a great option.

It should be noted that KN95 masks are not the N95 masks used by healthcare professionals. 

For those recognizing the N95 mask shortages for our medical frontline, the KN95 is the perfect solution. 

Green Supply KN95 masks are rated to filter 95% of particles. 

They have been manufactured to expand general face mask use for the general public.

KN95 facemasks have been authorized for use by the FDA as suitable NIOSH alternatives under certain emergency circumstances.

As orders were relaxed, my husband and MacKenzie went to Costco to help replenish our food supply.

Costco members must wear a mask, as seen in USA Today.

The KN95 offers an airtight seal around the face and filters 95% of airborne particles. 

father and daughter wearing kn95 face masks at Costco

Differences Between the N95 and KN95 Face Masks:

N95 masks use a two head-strap attachment. 

One goes around the back of the head, under the ears, and another goes on the top, over the head, and above the ears.

The KN95 masks use the earloop method, where the bands go from the mask and rest on the ears.

This comes down to personal preference.

Which one is more comfortable is up to the user.

We found the KN(% mask to be easier and faster to put and take off.

The N95 masks fit more snugly with a tighter fit.

The N95 is slightly more uncomfortable to wear due to the tighter fit; however, the level of safety and protection for medical field personnel make this the desired mask.

kn95 mask offers earloop application

IMPORTANT NOTEThese and other KN95 masks have not been approved for healthcare workers, medical doctors, professionals, nurses, first responders, or essential workers.

Fit is important and should not be compromised.

Here are guidelines for how to properly fit a face mask:

Here are guidelines for how to properly fit a face mask:

There’s a lot of information out there about when to wear a mask.

The latest guidelines from the CDC recommend wearing a mask (cloth face-covering etc.) when out in public.

Cloth coverings reduce the risk of transmitting the virus through saliva or respiratory droplets.

The World Health Organization (WHO) provides the following guidelines:

when to wear a mask guidelines from WHO


The Green Supply KN95 masks offered safety and appropriate fit for the outing to Costco.

We will continue to wear these masks in public to offer medicine and science the opportunity to catch up.

young woman wearing KN95 face mask at Costco

Regardless of what mask you wear, please follow these guidelines to ensure your safety and the safety of others:

*Avoid touching the mask while using it

*DO NOT wash the mask with rubbing alcohol or water

*DO NOT use the mask in medical and surgical environments

*Beards or other facial hair that may inhibit contact between the face and the edge of the mask.

*If the mask is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, remove the mask, discard it properly.

*Keep the storage area dry at room temperature.

*This mask may not eliminate the risk of all diseases and infections.

*This mask must be appropriately sealed; misuse can result in a higher risk of sickness.

*It is recommended that children wear masks in places where it is hard to maintain social distancing measures.

*This applies when using public transport, such as trains, buses, and metro systems, or visiting shops.

*Any child who cannot remove the masks on their own should not be wearing any face covering.

*It’s important the masks are not making it difficult for the child to breathe, and it is safe for them.

*Make the mask part of Your routine. Combine putting a mask on with their routine e.g., shoes, coat, mask. Ensure you follow the same steps each time. 

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