Saturday, October 31, 2009

How to properly use an N95 face mask

Using Facemasks or Respirators

Avoid close contact (less than about 6 feet away) with the sick person as much as possible.

If you must have close contact with the sick person (for example, hold a sick infant), spend the least amount of time possible in close contact and try to wear a facemask (for example, surgical mask) or N95 disposable respirator.

An N95 respirator that fits snugly on your face can filter out small particles that can be inhaled around the edges of a facemask, but compared with a facemask it is harder to breathe through an N95 mask for long periods of time. More information on facemasks and respirators can be found at

Facemasks and respirators may be purchased at a pharmacy, building supply or hardware store.

Wear an N95 respirator if you help a sick person with respiratory treatments using a nebulizer or inhaler, as directed by their doctor. Respiratory treatments should be performed in a separate room away from common areas of the house when at all possible.

Used facemasks and N95 respirators should be taken off and placed immediately in the regular trash so they don't touch anything else.

Avoid re-using disposable facemasks and N95 respirators if possible. If a reusable fabric facemask is used, it should be laundered with normal laundry detergent and tumble-dried in a hot dryer.

After you take off a facemask or N95 respirator, clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Oh yea, try to do some work around the house with one of these on, just so you can get used to the discomfort.


  1. Hi,
    This is very helpful article.The N95 is excellent mobile to have and I get to know how to use accessories like "face-mask" to avoid any damage.


  2. Wear the mask when entering any situation with multiple people. Keep the mask on until you have left the area. Removing the mask could allow the virus to land on the inside of the material, causing you to breath it in when re-applying the mask. If you are caring for an ill person (perhaps your child), you can protect yourself by wearing a mask in their presence.

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