Different Types of Face Masks for COVID-19 Prevention

Wearing face masks has become the new normal in the United States and across the globe.  When used with other Personal Protective Equipment and preventative measures, face masks may help slow the spread of coronavirus.  Many different types of face masks are available on the market today, each with their own pros and cons.  These characteristics vary widely, so it is important to understand what each type of mask protects the wearer against.

Many researchers encourage the use of face masks in public, as COVID-19 has been determined to spread mainly through respiratory droplets.

When You Should Wear a Face Mask

The CDC recommends wearing face masks in places where it is hard to follow proper social distancing measures.  This includes areas where you will be in close proximity to others, or areas where there is high foot traffic and increased risk of touching contaminated surfaces.

Places where wearing face masks are recommended include:

  • Places of work
  • Public areas
  • Hospitals
  • Grocery stores
  • Public Transportation
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Different Types of Face Masks

There are currently many different varieties of face masks available today for purchase.  It is important to note the differences in protection levels.  Not all face masks are created equal.  Protection from viral and other contaminants will depend on the type of mask used.  This infographic using information from Varsoy Healthcare and the CDC highlights the key differences in an easy to follow format.

Mask Comparison Chart

Types of Face Masks GAP-CO Supplies for our Customers

GAP-CO supplies a variety of face masks for our customers.  Below are the types of masks, some quick information, and links to their product pages.

Surgical Masks

Disposable surgical style masks.  Available colors include white and light blue.  Registered and compliant with FDA standards.  Masks come 50 to a box.

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KN95 Masks

FDA Approved alternatives to N95 masks.  Offering similar protection levels to the standard N95 mask.  100 masks per box.

KN95 Mask

Face Shields

Anti-fog design face shields that offer the wearer protection against foreign particles.  Comfortable elastic band provides additional comfort.  Available in two different sizes.

Flip Face Shield

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