Those are KN95 masks which are different than N95 respirators. It’s easy to get them confused. Here’s an article that explains the difference: https://www.rollingstone.com/product-recommendations/lifestyle/n95-vs-kn95-masks-1044184/
These are my favorite. Same style for small faces.
Keep in mind these are a “one size fits all” version. If you have a smaller face they may not fit.
N95 masks come in many shapes, sizes and types. Some have valves and others don’t. All the ones we use in medical facilities do not have valves. 100% agree that ones with valves are undesirable, but there are other options.
Sam, like you I am worried about todays state of affairs and am looking to Ham radio as a way to communicate with loved ones as well as stay on top of things when SHTF. I just ordered this to get my toes wet with the basics-
– Please keep in touch. It will be interesting to see where our journeys take us with this!
Joe, mad respect for the work you do. Hat’s off. Appreciate all the tips and tricks. I’ll look into taking both exams and I’m interested in your course as well.
It depends on the N95. There are different styles. If it has a one way valve it is not in compliance.
From SF Chronicle:
N95 respirators, with an exhalation valve (or one-way vent): These are commonly used in Northern California during fire season but are not as effective as standard masks. They are designed to ease exhalation and decrease humidity, heat and moisture inside. But these do not block transmission of COVID-19. While they protect the wearer, they do not protect others from a potentially infected cough or sneeze due to their ability to release large respiratory droplets into the air. The city of San Francisco said these masks do not comply with the city mandate for face coverings.
The tactical respirator above would be banned here in the Bay Area where many cities currently have an order requiring face coverings in public. “Note that any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling is not a Face Covering under this Order and is not to be used to comply with this Order’s requirements. Valves of that type permit droplet release from the mask, putting others nearby at risk”. The AO Atmos is pretty interesting, tho! Could totally see some tech bro’s rocking that.