May 22, 2022

FFP2, N95 and KN95 masks to buy online, because it’s time to protect yourself properly (again)

The anti-Covid mask saves lives, it is now common knowledge. This small object was invited into our daily lives from the start of the pandemic. It was then declined in different styles: with patterns, in fabric or paper, disposable or reusable… To the question of the look, we must add the different types of mask: FFP2, N95 and KN95. The differences are not always clear to the general public. One point is therefore in order.

Choosing the right anti-Covid mask: information you need to know

FFP2 mask, the most widespread protection

The FFP2 mask is the most common among anti-Covid masks. However, there are three in this category (FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3). The difference is in the aerosol filter, those fine droplets emitted when we speak or sneeze. Wrongly confused with the surgical mask, the FFP2 filters 94% of aerosols, compared to 80% for the FFP1 and 99% for the FFP3.

N95 and KN95 masks, the Chinese and American FFP2s

The N95 and KN95 masks are foreign equivalents of the FFP2 established in Europe. The N95 mask is thus the American equivalent: it is validated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The KN95 is the Chinese equivalent. Both must filter at least 95% of liquid and solid particles. There are still other certifications abroad: the Japanese DS2, the Australian P2, etc.

Other types of mask

It is better to avoid surgical masks. Relatively effective, they can protect other people from our secretions. Nevertheless, their filter capacity remains less efficient than that of FFP2. There are also “barrier” or “general public” masks, generally referring to fabric masks. They are intended for professionals frequenting the public. The category 2 general public mask filters 70% of suspended particles, compared to 90% for the category 1 mask.

Disposable and washable masks: the most effective

FFP2 masks are significantly more efficient than fabric models. Moreover, if they are qualified as “disposable”, a study# showed that these masks still had a sufficiently effective filtration power, even after several washes. For its part, the government encourages the wearing of a washable mask. In any case, there is no longer any question of wearing homemade masks, their effectiveness not being guaranteed. Whether you opt for a disposable or washable mask, get several. Indeed, you will have to avoid wearing the same mask several times in a row.

The most effective mask against the Omicron variant

The Omicron variant has fewer severe forms, but increased contagiousness, so much so that the effectiveness of some masks is questioned. Faced with the spread of Omicron, it is recommended to abandon surgical masks as well as masks for the general public, and to prefer FFP2. In the same situation, a wearer of a surgical mask has a 30% chance of catching the variant, compared to 0.4% with an FFP2 mask.

Selection of anti-Covid masks

Mask FFP2 black Innovision Medical Certified CE0099 – 20 pieces

FFP2 NR mask certified to CE standard EN 149 – 20 units

CE certified colored FFP2 / KN95 mask – 20 pieces

FFP2 mask for children CE certified – 20 pieces

The virucidal disinfectant wipe

Gel hydroalcoolique Aniosgel – 1 Litre