What is an N99 mask, and should you buy one?

By now, you probably know more about N95 respirators than you thought possible. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, these masks have become lifesaving tools to medical personnel and other frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. But lately, you may have spotted ads for N99 or R95 masks.

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Airborne vs. Aerosol vs. Droplet: What’s the Difference?

COVID-19 has introduced several new terms to the national lexicon. In addition to phrases like social distancing, self-quarantine, and N95 respirator, you may have seen the word airborne popping up more in recent weeks. It usually appears in discussions concerning how the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is transmitted—a question that’s still debated by health experts. So what exactly does it mean when a pathogen is airborne, what do droplets and aerosol have to do with it, and which of these terms apply to the new coronavirus?

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7 Tips for Avoiding Germs at the Laundromat

Staying close to home during the coronavirus pandemic has left many trying to find innovative solutions for a number of tasks. Events like birthday parties are now virtual get-togethers, and there has been a resurgence of the milkman making deliveries as people avoid going to stores. But unless you have a washer and dryer, one chore still requires venturing out. You need to get your laundry done at the laundromat. If you’re concerned about the potential for exposure in a laundromat setting, take a look at some tips to help avoid problems.

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Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Cloth face coverings should—

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
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Just out of Curiosity, Can You Get Coronavirus Twice?

The CDC recommends that all people wear cloth face masks in public places where it’s difficult to maintain a 6-foot distance from others. This will help slow the spread of the virus from people without symptoms or people who do not know they have contracted the virus. Cloth face masks should be worn while continuing to practice social distancing. Instructions for making masks at home can be found here. Note: It’s critical to reserve surgical masks and N95 respirators for healthcare workers.

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How to Clean Your Car to Stop Coronavirus Spread, According to Experts

KEEP COVID-19 OUT OF YOUR CAR—AND YOUR HOME—BY SANITIZING THE VEHICLE REGULARLY.

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