Since the pandemic, many people are familiar with the most protective mask on the market, the N95. The N95 derives its name from the fact that it filters out at least 95% of airborne particles. However, did you know there is one type of N95 that actually takes the protection a step further?
RespoKare® N95 Respirator Mask
The RespoKare® N95 Plus Respirator mask provides the best protection against airborne pathogens, including SARS-CoV2*, many types of influenza, and other airborne viruses**. This mask filters out at least 95% of airborne particles and additionally inactivates 99.99% of pathogens within a few minutes. It is the only commercially-available respirator mask that is both NIOSH-approved and FDA-cleared as an anti-viral mask.
*Destroys 99.99% of human coronavirus 229E and measles virus within 1 minute, and 15 flu viruses within 5 minutes upon contact with the mask surface. Human coronavirus 229E is a recognized testing surrogate for SARS-CoV-2 which causes COVID-19.
**Laboratory tests show at least a 4-log reduction (99.99%) of coronavirus, measles, and flu viruses within minutes of contact with the mask surface.
NIOSH stands for National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. This federal agency is part of the CDC and focuses on researching and making recommendations to prevent workplace injuries and diseases. A branch within NIOSH called the Personal Protective Technology Laboratory tests N95 respirators to ensure they meet the minimum requirement of at least 95% airborne particle filtration. They also review each manufacturer’s quality plan against their standards. Once tested and proven to meet the thresholds, these masks receive a literal NIOSH stamp of approval.
For an example of the stamps to look for, see the photo below:
All authentic RespoKare® N95 Plus Respirators will have the NIOSH N95 stamp, along with their schedule (84A) and approval number (7796). Unfortunately, counterfeit masks have become common, so it’s important to always check for this stamp before purchasing.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects public health by evaluating food, drugs, and medical devices to make sure they are safe, effective, and secure. Respirators that are FDA-cleared qualify as Class II medical devices and are listed in the FDA 510(k) PreMarket Notification database.
RespoKare® N95 Plus Respirator masks are FDA-cleared and can be found in the 510(k) database here. They were cleared for this highest classification in 2012 based on the antiviral coating on the outer layers of the mask. The second layer coating is patented proprietary technology composed of copper and zinc which produce ions, compounds proven to inactivate viruses upon contact.
For the best peace of mind and protection against COVID-19, as well as the flu and other diseases, choose the RespoKare® N95 Plus Respirator every time. Protectly is an authorized and official retailer of RespoKare® masks. They offer authentic masks in both medium and large sizes to ensure a secure fit on all face sizes. The masks are single-use, so they are available in 5-, 10-, and 30-packs, (5 and 10 packs are individually sealed). The more you buy, the more you save, so protect yourself and your family and stock up now!