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Masking on Hawk Hill: A guide to help navigate St. Joe’s mask requirement


Why do we have to wear KN95 masks?

  • Masks are effective in preventing the spread of covid-19.
  • KN95 masks are snug around the nose and mouth, and offer high filtration.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection,” against the virus compared to both loosely and finely woven cloth products, and “well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection.”

How can I take care of my KN95 masks and reuse them?

  • Store your mask in a paper bag for a few days after initial use. For best results, place the paper bag in a sunny place.
  • Wash your hands before touching your mask, and touch only the elastic part when you put it on and take it off.
  • Do not wash your masks with water, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other chemicals.
  • When your mask gets soaked with water or other liquids, it’s time to throw it away.

Tips for finding a legitimate N95

  • Look for the NIOSH marking on the N95. This means the mask is approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  • Your N95 should not have any FDA approval markings, which only appears if it is a surgical-grade mask.
  • According to the CDC, NIOSH does not approve child respirators. However, there are legitimate children sized KN95 and KF94 masks.

Tips for finding a legitimate KN95

  • Look for a mask stamped with GB2626-2019. This is the KN95 standard for masks made after July 1, 2021.
  • KN95 masks stamped with GB2626-2006 are still legitimate to use, as long as the expiration date on the product’s label or packaging has not passed.

Signs you may have a fake mask:

  • Packaging not fully sealed
  • No expiration date listed on product’s label or packaging
  • Quality issues (elastics break or detach easily, nose-bridge is crooked)
  • Has decorative components like sequins

CDC examples of counterfeit KN95 masks from distributors:

  • Chengde Technology Co., Ltd.
  • Good Mask Co.
  • The Health Protective

Top mask suggestions from the New York Times:

  • Powecom KN95 Respirator Mask (with ear loops)
  • Powecom KN95 Respirator Mask (with headbands)
  • Kimberly-Clark N95 Pouch Respirator
  • WellBefore WB-N-200 N95 Respirator Mask

You can purchase affordable and legitimate masks from:

  • Project N95 (a nonprofit PPE provider selling a pack of 50 KN95 masks for about $50)
  • Bona Fide Masks

You can pick up a mask on campus from:

  • OPSS Service Center, Campion 229
  • Library Circulation Desk
  • Writing Center (Merion Hall)
  • All Deans’ Offices
  • All Advising Centers
  • Commuter Lounge
  • Building liaisons have masks for employees (but masks are available from any of the other sites)
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