According to the country’s leading epidemiologists, we all might be wearing face masks until 2022. And as the Biden administration recently released a directive on the wearing of face masks in all federal buildings along with 27 states extending their respective mask mandates, the production of medical-grade N95 and KN95 respirators is also increasing.
To date, N95 respirators are still the gold standard here in the U.S. or those that are certified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in terms of melt-blown respirators made from spun-bond materials. The China standard KN95 type, which has the same level of protection as the N95, has also been approved by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) for general use to meet demands in hospitals across the country. Still, millions of filtering respirators are needed to meet the current demand not only in the country but also worldwide.
Stepping up mask production technology
This year, American-made producers such as 3M, Honeywell, and The USA Mask Company not only stepped up their mass production of face masks and respirators but are improving their products in terms of fitting and protection as well.
One of the country’s leading producers The USA Mask Company is currently making headway in its production as it gets closer to a NIOSH certification for its N95 respirators. The company is also fast-tracking the procurement of 10 more machines to amplify its mass production.
The brand’s KN95 respirators have already been approved by the FDA, meeting standards on 95% aerosol particle protection, melt-blown technology, the use of locally spun-bond polypropylene fabric for its raw materials, and proper fitting among others. Yet aside from complying with FDA standards, the company also undergoes third-party ICS laboratory testing and relies on state-of-the-art technology to ensure above 98% filtration efficiency which is better than the standard N95 respirators, without sacrificing the wearer’s comfort and ample oxygen saturation.
Since American-made respirators undergo multiple quality checks, consumers are sure to have higher safety and quality than China-made KN95s in the market. The federal government has also advised companies and healthcare facilities that are buying respirators by the bulk to make direct purchases from American-made brands to avoid getting hold of counterfeit respirators.
From its overall design that provides a larger and more comfortable breathing chamber to being latex-free and fluid resistant, the brand’s KN95 respirators and soon-to-be NIOSH approved N95s are what both healthcare professionals and the general public need right now for top-of-the-line mask protection against COVID-19 and its new variants.
Learn more about The USA Mask Company and know where you can get quality American-made respirators in your area.