Can “N95 masks” be reused? When should I change?

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During the time that the dust had not yet disappeared from our house and must still be vigilant at all times We may need to use N95 masks frequently, maybe every day. Especially when you have to stay outside for a long time, but N95 masks are not very cheap. Can it be reused? For how long? And how should it be properly disposed of after use?

Can "N95 masks" be reused? When should I change?

Are N95 masks reusable?

There are many types of N95 masks on the market to choose from. both disposable and disposable Type: absorb and reuse Or the material is cloth and the filter can be changed.

Disposable N95 mask Can be reused for 2-3 days, or maybe sooner if you start to feel more difficult to breathe. Or breathing and smelling a strange smell Or it feels like there’s dust in the mask even though that the mask fits tightly to the face well Including if you wear it and feel like the mask doesn’t fit your face as well as before. or found tear marks and found stains from various secretions such as saliva, mucus, etc.

The mask is washable. You should wash the mask every day or every 1-2 days and change the filter every 2-3 days, or sooner if wearing the mask makes it difficult to breathe. or smells like dust under the mask

Knowledge: N95 masks can protect against dust particles smaller than 0.3 microns, but cannot protect against odors. If you use it, you still get odors around you, such as food odors, perfume odors, and other odors. It’s not something that indicates that you need to change your mask quickly.

How to choose the right N95 mask

Dr. Danai Theewanda, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Health, stated that before purchasing, pay attention to general face masks. Consider the outside and inside of the mask clearly. There must be no abnormal smell. Unstained and flawless Must cover nose and mouth Strap or head strap It must not be torn and no part must come off the mask. It must be firmly fixed and must not fall off easily while in use. The nose bridge adjustment strap must be securely fastened and must not have any protrusions from the mask.

How to wear an N95 mask correctly

  1. Do not break, fold, or bend the N95 mask because it will lose its shape. and wrinkles appear It will reduce the efficiency of dust filtering.
  2. The surface of the N95 mask must be smooth and even. No sharp edges and smudges The strap and metal adjustment band on the bridge of the nose must be securely attached to the filter.
  3. It is best to choose an N95 mask with two straps. You should not choose a single line. Or the type that has a strap on the ear
  4. You should choose the size of N95 mask that is appropriate for your face shape. Covers and tightens the nose and under the chin should be flush with the face.
  5. Do not share masks with other people.
  6. Before wearing a mask every time, you must wash your hands thoroughly.

*How to store N95 masks

  1. Check the mask carefully. To make sure that the mask is in perfect condition
  2. Store in a place free from sunlight, dust, heat, cold, humidity and harmful chemicals.
  3. In the case that it has been used but has not been discarded Make a mark or symbol. Store it in a cloth bag. or plastic bags

How to properly dispose of N95 masks?

N95 masks can be classified as general waste. But it may spread germs if we have contagious diseases such as colds. Therefore, before disposing of them, you should put used N95 masks in a plastic bag. Tie the bag tightly. Throw it away in the general trash can. And wash your hands every time after disposing of the ยูฟ่าเบท mask.