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(KDVR) – After the federal government announced plans to start offering free masks to curb a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, you might be wondering the difference between the two most recommended types of masks. by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: N95 and KN95.

First, it’s important to clarify that the CDC officially refers to N95s and KN95s as respirators. And according to recent CDC guidelines, choosing one over the other doesn’t matter to provide a higher level of protection against COVID-19 and filter the air.

In fact, the CDC recently ranked tight-fitting respirators ahead of common cloth masks as the best option for protecting against the fast-spreading omicron variant.

“Loosely woven fabric products offer the least protection, thinly woven, layered products offer more protection, tight-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and tight-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including including N95s) offer the highest level of protection,” reads the latest guidelines on the CDC website.

N95 respirator (Credit: Getty Images)

In the simplest explanation, the difference between the N95 respirator and the KN95 respirator is that one (the N95) is approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, which regulates masks in the United States. . The KN95 is designed to meet Chinese standards and is not NIOSH approved.

However, both masks filter and capture 95% of tiny 0.3 micron particles in the air, hence the ’95’ in the names.

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KN95 respirator (Credit: Getty Images)

One notable feature that differentiates the two is how they are worn: NIOSH-approved respirators (AKA N95) typically do not have ear loops, but come with headbands to allow for a better fit. (Click here for a more detailed look at NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, via the CDC.)

The CDC warns, however, that approximately 60% of KN95 respirators evaluated by NIOSH during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 did not meet the requirements they intended to meet, meaning they could be false.

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