ASTM-rated Masks: Definition and Use

ASTM-rated masks are medical masks that are fluid resistant and have a high degree of filtration efficiency. ASTM-rated masks are rated by three levels, higher-level masks have a higher filtration efficiency and fluid resistance.  ASTM level 1 masks are commonly called procedure masks and ASTM level 2 masks surgical masks. They are usually used by […]

Coronavirus Tips: How to Properly Wear a Face Mask

Now that mask-wearing becomes a daily routine for many during the coronavirus outbreak, it is important to learn how to properly put on and remove a facemask. Before we dive into the details, here are three rules of thumb:  Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling the mask every timeAvoid touching the mask unnecessarily Cover […]

The Differences Between N95, KN95, Surgical, and Cloth Masks, Explained

During the coronavirus crisis, mask-wearing and the nation-wide shortage of masks have become hotly discussed topics. You might have already heard the names of many different types of masks: N95 respirator, KN95 respirator, surgical mask, and cloth mask, but are you confused about what each of them means and how they are different?   Read on […]

How and When to Wash Your Hands

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, handwashing is a crucial part of warding off infections and slowing the spread of COVID-19.  The coronavirus can infect you if you have touched your eyes, nose, or mouth after touching an infected person’s bodily secretions or a contaminated surface. Despite the importance of handwashing, a study has shown that people […]

How are N95, Surgical & Cloth Masks Different?

The CDC has officially changed its COVID-19 guideline on mask-wearing and has advised all Americans to wear cloth mask/face-covering in public. Previously, the CDC has advised Americans against wearing any masks—neither medical-grade nor home-made—if they’re not sick or taking care of someone who is sick.  Why has the CDC changed its guideline? This article will […]