How to Spot Authentic KN95 Mask for Sale

Authentic N95Since March, we have been working very hard to authenticate the quality of the KN95 respirators – N95 equivalent from China. We have found that some of the respirators being offered to the public for use against COVID-19 infection are NOT real N95 equivalent respirators. Since most users do not know about the FDA regulations and why medical providers need high-quality N95 respirators, please let us guide you on how to spot counterfeit and authentic N95, NIOSH, or KN95 respirator masks from China.

Low Vs. High-quality N95, NIOSH, KN95

Imagine that your face is a bank vault. Moreover, the mask is a bank vault door, and the virus is a thief. The door should be as thick as possible to lessen the possibility of a thief going through the door. That implies the mask should be of high quality, and N95 means 95% filtration. However, the SEAL of the door on the door frame is all the essential. If there is a large gap between the vault door and the vault door frame, then the thief can certainly get inside the bank vault. Be on the lookout for an authentic KN95 mask for sale.

FDA Logo on the Box

FDA does NOT permit a vendor to put the FDA logo on the box of a respirator. If your Chinese KN95 respirator has an FDA logo on the box, then you are most likely importing a non-authorized KN95 respirator. This is the easiest approach in recognizing a KN95 that is NOT FDA approved. If the box or the label has an FDA logo, then it is certainly not FDA approved.

Lower-Quality KN95 have Loose Ear Loops

Quality of the KN95 respiratorsThese are examples of the FDA-cleared N95 respirators. Do you notice the elastic bands? They all WRAP COMPLETELY around the head! One of the primary distinguishing features between N95 and KN95 masks are the ear loops. After examining numerous KN95s, good quality KN95s have tight elastic bands that produce a quality seal. Poor quality KN95s have loose bands that easily break. It is important to note that NOT all KN95s have loose ear loop bands, and NOT all KN95s are of poor quality.

Know your N95 Equivalent

We recently received official European 3M FFP1 respirators from a vendor who dishonestly said that they were N95s. Different countries will use different labeling to show similar functions. FFP1 respirators filter up to 80%. Therefore, they are NOT N95 equivalent. The closest European equivalent of N95 is FFP2 & P2 grade respirators that are rated at 94%.

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