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Understanding Personal Protective Equipment

July 3, 2020

What is the difference between a mask and a respirator?

There are several different types of masks and respirators. Dependent upon the type of procedure, either a mask or respirator will be indicated.

Medical Face Masks

Help prevent biological particles (e.g. saliva and mucus) from being expelled by the wearer into the environment. Many medical face masks are also designed to be fluid resistant to splash and splatter of blood and other bodily fluids. Masks are not necessarily designed to seal tightly to the face therefore, air may leak around the edges.

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