😷 N95 v KN95 v FFP2 Comparing Face Masks
Are you confused by all the different names for face mask? We will try and explain the differences.
N95 v KN95 v FFP2 Comparison
It can be confusing to understand the difference between N95, KN95 & FFP2 face masks.
What are KN95 & FFP2 masks? and are they the same as N95 masks? This table explains the differences between N95 and KN95 masks (and all characteristics that are the same).
In summary, N95 masks are the US standards for respirator masks; KN95 masks are the Chinese standards for masks and FFP2 are the EU & UK standards.
These are the requirements that the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health requires manufacturers to meet in order to label their masks as N95s. Despite the long list of differences, the three masks are equivalent or nearly equivalent on the features that most people care about.
Lots of people care most about what percentage of particles the masks capture. On this measure, N95 KN95 & FFP2 respirator masks are the same.
Both masks are rated to capture 95% of tiny particles (0.3 micron particles, to be exact).
Difference Between N95 v KN95 v FFP2 Face Masks
N95, KN95 & FFP2s are both rated to capture 95% of particles, although only KN95 & FFP2 face masks are required to pass fit tests. N95 masks have slightly stronger requirements for breathability.
They are basically all the same 😷
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