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N95, FFP2 NR & KN95 Mask Fitting – How to Check for a Good Fit?

2020 is the year that has changed the meaning of normal for each and everyone across the globe! As we cautiously tread ahead in the new decade we will have to get comfortable with the new “normal.” And, a vital part of this normal is wearing masks!

Whether we wear N95 masks, FFP2 NR Masks, KN95 Masks, or NIOSH N95 masks, their proper fitting is important to ensure that they serve their purpose.

How to ensure that the mask fits well?

Fortunately, most masks come with the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use them. The first step is to adhere to these instructions.

Some common instructions for wearing the mask include:

Fitting the nose clip on the mask to the shape of the nose. 

After this, you will need to ensure that the straps are placed appropriately ensuring a positive face seal.

You can verify if your mask is a good fit by ensuring that there is no airflow between the mask and face when inhaling. This test is important for any N95 masks, FFP2 NR Masks, KN95 Masks, and NIOSH N95 masks. 

After making sure that you have followed all instructions provided by the manufacturer, the next step is the “odor test.”

Traditional “surgical style mask” or “dental mask” do not block odors. In contrast, a properly manufactured and fitted N95 mask, FFP2 NR Mask, KN95 Mask, and NIOSH N95 mask should be able to block odor. This might feel strange to people who are not accustomed to wearing medical masks. 

If your mask fits well you will be unable to smell your cologne, perfume, body odor, etc. from yourself or others around you.

Some health care professionals check for the odor test by spraying a familiar perfume nearby (no directly at the face) and inhaling deeply to test. The mask is considered compliant and well-fit only if they are unable to smell the perfume.

It is recommended that you change your mask after a few hours. While changing your mask, you will need to move to a “safe area” and change to a new N95 mask, FFP2 NR Mask, KN95 Mask, or NIOSH N95 mask!

Each time you change your mask, make sure that you follow the above instructions for a proper fit.

Unfortunately, even during such troubled times, there are many looking for their own profits. Therefore, there are counterfeit masks available in the market. These masks could cause more harm than good. Hence it is imperative that you ensure that you use only genuine masks.

How to guard against counterfeit masks? Check this Frist-Res blog about the risks of counterfeit masks.

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Tips From A Sleep Doctor To Kick Your Coronavirus Insomnia

Anxiety due to the pandemic is taking a toll on sleep cycles of several people with a spurt in the number of people reporting insomnia.

Here are a few tips to help you sleep better:

  • Stop working in bed.
  • Get some exercise.
  • Avoid alcohol before going to bed.
  • Try out a relaxation app.
  • Limit your screen time before going to bed.
  • Step away from the news.
  • Talk to somebody.


The Coronavirus May Cause Strokes In Young People But Doctors Don’t Know Why

Doctors suspect that the COVID-19 virus is causing strokes and heart attacks in patients. However, a direct link between the infection and these conditions has not yet been established.

Although the occurrence of these conditions along with COVID-19 has been noticed mostly in younger people, doctors believe that it is not confined to the youth alone.

One of the ideas put forth is that the virus may bind itself to the receptors on endothelial cells in veins and arteries. Clotting results as a consequence of the immune reaction of the body to the virus. On reaching the brain these clots lead to strokes.

Research to validate this theory is underway. However, doctors suggest patients who experience any stroke-like symptoms to call for help immediately.

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So Is it Time to Ease the COVID-19 Restrictions

According to ACT certain restrictions on sporting activities will be lifted in Canberra in the coming weekend. Restrictions will be eased for outdoor sports only.

Non-contact sports training will be allowed from Friday midnight with a maximum of 10 people allowed to train together.

Restrictions will also be lifted from pools, tennis courts, and fitness groups so long as they comply with the 10 person rule.

Participants in sports grounds will be required to maintain a distance of 1.5m between each other.

To limit contact between people, the ACT government has given a tag line “Get in, Train, and Get out.”

Based on the success of the easing of restrictions during this phase, further restrictions may be eased in the coming months.

It has been emphasized that while resuming physical activity, the community is expected to follow the required guidelines to minimize the risk of COVID transmission.

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Dealing with Isolation.

According to the veteran NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, certain aspects of space isolation that astronauts experience are quite similar to what we are experiencing currently.

Loneliness is one such factor, indulging in daydreaming when bored another, etc.

The big difference is that while an astronaut is aware of the end date of a space mission, the current situation is shrouded with uncertainty. And, this is the main reason for the fear and anxiety that engulfs us.

Although he enjoys his stay in space, he looks forward to the end to return home. Similarly, he hopes that things will return to normalcy on our planet soon.

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What Can You Do To Slow The COVID-19 Spread?

Roaming around with symptoms like sore throat, cough, and fever is not a good idea even if it if you aren’t sure it’s COVID-19.

The number one thing that we all can do and most people are doing is physical distancing.

It also includes not attending public gatherings and parties.

The next thing you should do is, stay away from people from recent travel history.

You should also try to avoid contact with any kind of symptoms and isolate yourself incase if you experiencing any such symptoms.

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