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Which One Is Better- Face Masks Or Respirators?

Many people are now buying respirators and face masks to protect themselves from different kinds of diseases. 

But do they really know what protection they are getting? This is a quick guide on facemasks, respirators, their differences, and how to dispose of them.


Facemasks, which are disposable pieces that fit loosely around the face and protect the nose and mouth from sprays and splashes, are flexible and removable. You can also explore a wide variety of disposable transparent face shields from which are designed to prevent droplets from spreading, such as from coughing or sneezing.



Respirators protect the wearer against inhaling small particles. A respirator is more snugly fitted than a loose-fitting mask. This allows the wearer to inhale only through the filter material. Respirators are used primarily in industries that deal with dust hazards and construction because they can filter out small particles. 

The type of protection that the respirator provides is an important factor to consider when choosing one. NIOSH’s filter series letters indicate whether the filter is oil-resistant. R stands for slightly oil-resistant, N for not-oil-resistant, and P stands for strong oil resistance.

The number indicates the percentage of particles that can easily be filtered, 95 for 95%, 99 or 99%, and 100 for 99.97%. N95 to N99, N100, N99 to N100, R95 to R99, R100, and P95 to P99 are NIOSH's 9 categories of respirators.