Disclaimer

The United States is now under a federal recommendation that people wear masks when they go out in public.This is the latest effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic that has seen over 1 million people worldwide become infected.Pacific Dry Goods, Inc. is not making any claims that our masks will prevent or cure any known or unknown pathogens or viruses.

Pacific Dry Goods, Inc. relies on the data from the CDC and 3M contained herein and makes no representations regarding the accuracy of such information.  Pacific Dry Goods Inc. will not be held liable for damages resulting from use or reliance upon this information.

KN95 Product Overview

Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFR) are subject to various regulatory standards around the world (see examples below) and provide a much higher level of protection with face form fitting and greater pressure drop. To claim compliance with the particular standard as listed below, these respirators must meet or exceed required physical properties and performance characteristics, which can vary according to the regulatory bodies of different countries.

  • N95 (United States NIOSH-42CFR84)
  • KN95 (China GB2626-2006)
  • FFP2 (Europe EN 149-2001)

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the N95/KN95/FFP2 for use in high risk situations, especially by medical personnel during pandemics.1

A reference by 3M in a technical bulletin2 released in January 2020 demonstrates that the several country-specific standards used to grade the FFR tend to converge into functional equivalence.  N95 (US), KN95 (China) and FFP2 (EU) standards produce FFR devices that are similar enough to be interchangeable for the purposes of their use in a pandemic. All of them are good for filtering non-oil-based particles such as those resulting from bioaerosols (e.g. viruses), wildfires, PM 2.5 air pollution, or volcanic eruptions.

*Reference:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirators-strategy/crisis-alternate-strategies.html
  2. https://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/1791500O/comparison-ffp2-kn95-n95-filtering-facepiece-respirator-classes-tb.pdf

Indications

With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, masks have become critical for medical professionals and private individuals alike.  If you feel you are at risk for exposure to Coronavirus, please follow all CDC guidelines about testing, prevention and treatment.

  • Keep proper social distancing (6 feet),
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often, and

If you feel you may have been exposed, get tested and self-quarantine until you get definitive test results.