Masks vs Masks

Type
Protects Others
Protects Wearer
LifeSpan
Intended Use
CDC / FDA
N95 Mask
N95 Mask
Yes
No
8-12 Hours
Painting etc
CDC Does not recommend that the general public wear N95 respirators to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus (COVID-19). Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders.
Surgical Mask
Surgical Mask
Yes
No
6 Hours
Prevent spreading Germs
Surgical masks do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the mask and your face.
Cloth Mask
Cloth Mask
Yes
No
Wash Daily
Dust, Particulates, etc
Cloth masks DO NOT protect against respiratory droplets. This type of mask does not protect the wearer from COVID-19. CDC does recommend using masks this mask to protect others.
Valve Mask
Valve Mask
No
No
Wash Daily
Dust and particulates etc.
Banned in some jurisdictions. Vents allow expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
Face Shield
Face Shield
No
No
Wash Daily
Eye Protection / Splashing
There is no evidence that face shields, that are open by design, prevent the inhalation or exhalation of viruses. For the average member of the public, who is not exposed to splash or splatter events in the face, a shield is unhelpful. A cloth face covering, instead, is the best option for protection.

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