The omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly throughout the United States, again stressing the importance of wearing masks in public places indoors.
Mask mandates are back in effect in some places, including several towns in New Jersey as the variant sweeps across the state at an alarming rate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even said last month that many omicron cases have occurred in people who were fully vaccinated.
An N95 is the optimal mask to wear when it comes to protection against the omicron variant, but the KF94 has been recently getting some attention.
Here’s what to know about KF94 masks.
What is a KF94 mask?
A KF94 mask is the South Korean equivalent of an N95 mask, similar to how a KN95 mask is the Chinese equivalent. The “94″ indicates a 94 percent filtration efficacy, according to a report by The Strategist.
The main characteristic of the KF94 mask, the report says, is its tent-like shape, which creates a slight amount of extra space between your mouth and the mask
Like other masks, a proper fit is essential when it comes to effectiveness against COVID. Fit testing is recommended to ensure a secure fit.
Is a KF94 mask effective against COVID?
Yes. Studies show the 1% filtration difference does not make much of a difference. What’s more important is a proper, tight fit.
Where to buy KF94 masks online
Retailers specializing in masks that sell KF94 masks online include WellBefore, Vida and Brave New Look.
The KF94 masks recommended by The Strategist, known for its product reviews, include the AirQueen brand, which is on Amazon.
Where to buy N95 face masks online
If you want the greatest protection possible, several merchants specialize in NIOSH-certified N95 mask sales with reasonably fast shipping.
- N95 NIOSH Foldable Mask, 250 Pack, $550
- N95 NIOSH Foldable Mask, 80 Pack, $200
- N95 NIOSH Foldable Mask, 40 Pack, $110
- N95 NIOSH Harley Hard Shell Masks, 20 Pack, $60
- N95 NIOSH Masks Harley Soft Shell L-188, 20 Pack, $60
- Small Adult Size N95 NIOSH Masks ALG Hard Cup Shell, 25 Pack, $49.99
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