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What is the difference between a FLTR95 sealing face mask and a NIOSH N95 respirator?
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There are a number of differences between a FLTR95 sealing face mask and a NIOSH N95 respirator. 

The FLTR95 sealing face mask is a foldable 5-ply mask with side ear loops, and the NIOSH N95 respirator is a 3-ply domed respirator with elastic straps that go around the head to ensure a tight fit to the wearer's face. Both pass the Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) test, with filtration efficiency of 95% or greater of aerosolized bacteria with particles of size 0.3 µ​m (microns).

The N95 respirator has received approval through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for occupational use and is marked with the NIOSH logo and approval number of the manufacturing facility. NIOSH N95s are approved for medical use under the FDA’s emergency use authorization from March 2 and updated March 28th. They are considered a medical device for the duration of the EUA.

 

The FLTR95 mask can be seen as the first image and a NIOSH approved respirator can be seen as the second image.
 

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