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Disposable Masks

About Disposable Masks

Since the transport of pathogens is promoted by liquid, clothing is the most important personal protective measure. RKI points out that personal protective equipment (PPE) serves to protect the helper and prevents the contamination from being carried over by people or clothing.

In the fight against the corona pandemic, face masks have become also important in the private sector and are indispensable. The masks offer protection against contact with infectious droplets and aerosols, especially for risk groups and older people.

Face masks are required in spaces where there is a potential for infection from airborne infectious diseases or from direct ingress of bodily fluids.

Mouth and nose masks serve to protect your environment, filter bacteria from the air and provide an additional barrier against droplets and various pathogenic microorganisms in the air.

Due to their respective properties, the masks offer different levels of protection against the transmission of viruses, aerosols and bacterial infections.

Types of Masks and Respirators

Masks are made to contain droplets and particles you breathe, cough, or sneeze out. If they fit closely to the face, they can also provide you some protection from particles spread by others.

Respirators are made to protect you by filtering the air and fitting closely on the face to filter out particles, including the virus that causes COVID-19. They can also contain droplets and particles you breathe, cough, or sneeze out so you do not spread them to others.

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-fitting mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection.

Wear masks that meet a standard – surgical masks

The medical face masks known from everyday medical practice, colloquially also called surgical masks, mouth and nose protection, hygiene mask, mouthguard. These are "medical devices”.

Respirators that meet International Standards

Some respirators are designed and tested to meet international standards. The most widely available respirators that meet an international standard are KN95 respirators. Other examples include 1st, DL2, DL3, DS2, DS3, FFP2, FFP3, KN100, KP95, KP100, P2, P3, PFF2, PFF3, R95, and Special.

These particular particle-filtering half masks, (which have so far mainly been known to the trades sector) called respiratory protection masks, FFP masks. The name FFP is an abbreviation derived from the English name of the masks "Filtering Face Piece". These masks belong to the product category "Personal Protective Equipment" (PPE).