June 25th 2020

N95 Vs. KN95 Masks: What Difference Does The ‘K’ Make?

One of the most common inquiries we receive at MQ Direct centers around the difference between N95 and KN95 masks. What’s the difference? Which one offers better protection? Do they meet the same safety standards? In our ongoing effort to provide accurate information, we’ve compiled the need-to-knows regarding mask differences. As always, please feel free to share this blog post via social media if you find it useful.

Does The ‘K’ Make A Difference?

In short, the answer is no. Although N95 masks are regulated by the CDC and NIOSH, they provide the exact same coverage as KN95 masks. Here’s the summary:

Both masks are designed to filter out 95% of particles
Both create an air-tight seal for the wearer
Both are deemed suitable for use by the FDA
Both incorporate an ear-loop for convenient wear
Both meet CO2 clearance requirements

Misinformation has caused a major disparity of understanding regarding KN95 and N95 masks. By providing information to increase awareness, we hope to encourage individuals who would have otherwise chosen one mask over the other to expand their options.

For a more detailed analysis including flow rates, inhalation resistance, filter performance, leak requirements, and testing agents, this comparison by 3M includes an easy-to-navigate table for N95 and KN95 masks.

Phase 2 Considerations

As we proceed into Phase 2, there are several health and safety considerations that should be taken into account to maximize your protection. To begin, we recommend using surgical or KN95 masks as opposed to fabric (cloth) masks for better coverage. Additionally (and in accordance with National guidance), be sure to avoid touching your face, use proper hygiene, wear masks especially during public transit, and stay at home if you are feeling sick. By doing so, you will be helping our community overcome COVID-19.

Ordering Your KN95 Masks

Our MQ Direct team is proud to sell both surgical and KN95 masks. We are committed to quality, timely deliveries, and top-tier customer service. We also offer wholesale options for large businesses, medical clinics, and other large-scale operations.

We hope you found our blog post useful. If you have any questions about the information provided or about the ordering process, please feel free to reach out via our contact page. We would love to hear from you!

Ultimately, everyone is responsible for upholding health, hygiene, and safety standards. By maintaining a steady supply of protection and discarding used masks, you can help prevent the spread.

Thank you for reading, and please stay safe during these challenging times.