The Difference Between the Types of Face Masks and Why it Matters

If you’ve been surfing the internet lately, social media in particular, you’re sure to have seen the claims going around about cloth and surgical masks causing a lack of oxygenation for those who wear them. The pandemic is causing a lot of speculation and accusations in online forums, and sadly most of the time these claims are made from assumptions rather than facts. It is a sensitive time for mostly everyone right now, so it’s important that we focus on finding accurate information and not simply trust everything we see shared on social media.

There has been a very large backlash on the new face mask regulations being put into place for certain public areas. One of the more recent surges in the online movement against face masks is the claim that cloth and surgical masks are causing people to be unable to breathe and become hypoxic. Hypoxia is a condition in which the body or a specific region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level. However, these claims are completely false and dangerous.

Surgical and cloth face masks are not meant to filter anything, they are a protective barrier for cross contamination. Many studies have been done observing oxygenation while wearing a surgical or cloth face mask, and it has been proven that they do not restrict the wearers oxygen levels in a negative way. Overall, they are not preventing anyone from taking in the oxygen they need, they are simply a means of protection from possible infection. The World Health Organization highly recommends wearing face masks because they minimize the possibility of droplets getting in or out of the masks.  The virus can spread easily through droplets from people’s mouths and noses. When we wear a mask, we prevent other’s droplets from landing on our mouth or nose as well as stop our droplets from spreading to other people.

When it comes to filtering the air, the n95 masks are the ones meant to filter the air you breathe. Because of their filtering properties, n95 masks can restrict normal airflow for those who wear them. This is why the n95 masks are not recommended and why, on the other hand, the cloth and surgical masks are recommended.

It is so important to stay informed and stay healthy in these times. Take everything you see on social media with a grain of salt and don’t be afraid to do your own research. In the meantime, if you’re looking to restock your supply of masks, we have them in stock. Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay smart.