Due to the shortage of N95 masks for healthcare workers and first responders, the governor’s task force have teamed up to provide accountable exceptions. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has authorized the use of KN95 masks in place of N95 masks for the response to COVID19. 

The difference between an N95 and a KN95 mask is where the mask is certified. Much like other industries, respirators/masks have different approval sources and names.

  • Australia/New Zealand- P2
  • Brazil- P2
  • China- KN95, KP95
  • Europe-FFP2
  • Japan-DS2, DL2
  • India-BIS P2
  • Korea- 1st class
  • US- NIOSH N95, R95, P95

The world is facing a PPE shortage; China's’ KN95 are what is available. The CDC and NIOSH have approved the substitution of KN95’s. Along with the permission, we wanted further peace of mind that what we were distributing was reliable for our health care workers and first responders.

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