Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Cutting through the haze: When do you need an N95 mask?

According to NEA’s list of frequently asked questions and answers on its website, in general, a healthy person may want to wear a mask if he has to be outdoors for several hours when the forecast air quality is in the hazardous range.

N95 masks are not necessary if you are going to be indoors or out for only a short period of time, such as commuting from home to school or work.

Some elderly people, people with lung or heart conditions, and women in the later stages of pregnancy may have reduced lung volumes or breathing issues and should take a break from using the masks if they feel uncomfortable.

You can reuse your N95 mask, said NEA. However, the mask should be changed when it is soiled or distorted in shape. It should not be shared.

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