Masks vs. Respirators: What's the Difference?

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, masks have become as commonplace as grabbing a set of car keys as you head out the door. But do you know the level of protection your mask affords, and is it the right fit for you?

During a recent sponsored webinar with TheStreet, Dr. Peter Maric, chief medical officer of O2 Industries broke down the difference between masks and respirators and what the average consumer needs to understand about personal protective equipment, or PPE.

“Respirators are different from masks in that they are designed to filter the air people breathe to minimize the amount of contaminated air they’re bringing into their lungs, unlike masks which are predominantly designed to collect people’s respiratory droplets. So masks are more designed to protect other people from the person who’s wearing the mask,” Maric said.

For more on respirators and the ever-evolving PPE industry, watch our full sponsored webinar with O2 Industries: PPE and Your Portfolio: Inside a Disruptive Industry

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