Masks 101

We've heard your questions about masks, and we are here to share the information you need about procuring, using, reusing, and cleaning your mask. To view this table with images of the masks, click here. 

Mask Type What is it?  Who uses it?  How does it work? How long does it last? How should it be cleaned?

Mack Molding Snorkel

Retrofitted snorkel mask works as a respirator  SVHC direct-care staff who do not wear glasses and have been fit tested Advanced HEPA filtration removes pathogens
 
Years with cleaning and periodic filter changes. 
It is not shared among users.
With soap, water, and disinfectant with at least 70% alcohol.
 
7700 Half Face Mask Construction or industrial mask for removing asbestos
 
Works as a respirator for healthcare workers  Filters the air coming into the mask for thos who are fit tested
 
Years with cleaning and periodic filter changes.
 
With alcohol- or peroxide-based wipes and at Sterile Processing at the end of each shift
 
N95 Common respirator
 
Used in industrial, construction, and healthcare work. Older adults are particularly advised against this mask type, as it can make it difficult for them to breathe. 
 
Used to treat anyone with an infectious disease that is transmitted through respiratory droplets. Fit testing required For one patient encounter Shortages have caused many healthcare institutions to direct extended use and re-use, including special measures to keep the mask clean for longer periods.
 
Procedure/ Surgical Mask Most common type of mask worn in health care Worn by patients and visitors to the hospital who have symptoms of respiratory illness and by healthcare workers who do not have close contact with patients. Sometimes worn with shield or goggles. A flexible strip along the top of the procedure mask should be pinched to conform to the bridge of the nose. Because it doesn’t seal completely, this mask is most helpful for keeping those infected from spreading their germs to others and for keeping people from touching their nose and mouth, which can lead to infection.
 
Designed to be used for one patient encounter. Shortages have let to extended use. If one must reuse, wash hands and remove without touching the edges or inside of the mask. Store in a clean paper bag. Wash hands again before putting the mask back on, being careful not to touch the edges or inside.
Cloth Mask Home-sewn or made by businesses that have shifted from making other things. Perfect for weekly trips for essential items and for both symptomatic and asymtomatic people sharing a house, when at least one person is ill. Most useful for ensuring that the wearer does not infect those around him or her.
 
Can be used repeatedly with washing. Should be laundered and dried with every use, if possible. If being used in a sick household, they should be washed and dried daily, if possible.
Improvised Mask A mask  made from materials that happen to be on hand
 
Everyone with no access to the options above Better than nothing for essential trips and while sharing a house with at least one person who is ill.
 
Repeatedly with washing
 
Launder after every essential trip and daily for those who are ill and sharing a house with those who are not 

 

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