Understanding the difference between N95s, Surgical Masks and Normal Masks

There is an undeniable spurge on the demand of face masks, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Among others safety measures, wearing face masks, has been given top priority by the Government of India. One of the major reason behind this would be an infected person can spread the virus to other people even before being diagnosed of it.


Naturally, wearing face masks especially when you’re outdoors has taken the front seat. But with so many varieties of face masks available, it can be quite a daunting task selecting one for yourself, if you don’t know the difference between them. In this blog, we’ll let you know about the different types of face masks available and help you make an informed decision for yourself as well as your family.

Normal Masks

The first type is the most common one, regular face masks which are useful in all situations, they are for the general public, protecting them from respiratory diseases, including the Covid-19 virus among other things such as dust and other pollutants. 

The major difference between a regular face mask and other masks is the fit, it is a bit loose as compared to them which enables you to wear them for a long time, but due to the loose-fit, it may not provide full protection from all the airborne pathogens. The regular face masks can also be washed and reused for a considerable amount of time.

Surgical Masks

Surgical masks in simple words, are loose fitting disposable devices that create a barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and the potential airborne contaminants. They are more compact than regular face masks but more loose that the N95s.

If worn properly, surgical masks are designed to block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain bacteria from entering your nose or mouth. They are not designed to be used for more than once, and are most generally worn in hospital situations.

N95 Respirators

N95 respirators are designed to achieve a very close facial fit and a very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Its edges are designed in such a way to ensure a seal around the mouth and the nose, so as to minimise any leakage that may result in the entry of pollutants or bacteria.

The N95 respirators are tested for multiple contingencies including fluid resistance, filtration efficiency, flammability and biocompatibility. Health care workers are recommended to wear the N95s especially if they’re treating Covid-19 patients, because of this, the respirators should not be shared and must be disposed after every use.  

Using the above information we hope that you find it that bit easier for selecting a mask for yourself. If you’re looking for regular face masks for everyday use we recommend you to checkout Dermawear’s DW Protector Masks.

Approved by SITRA, our masks have been designed as per the guidelines set by BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) that are tried and tested in Ministry of Textiles approved labs. Powered by exhalation valves that ensure unhindered breathing, these face masks have 7 layers of protection that not only keeps the viral particles at bay but also helps you avoid airborne irritants like dust and dangerous microbes.

What more? You can wash them and reuse it, whenever you want. It comes in multiple colours, from the savvy printed ones to the solid ones, you can select the one best for you. Browse through our website and choose from the variety of options available. 

                                                                                 Happy Shopping!!!!


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