Manufactured or home-made masks that are made of cloth material and not originally intended for use in healthcare settings. Distinct from procedural masks or N95 respirators which are manufactured for use in healthcare settings and offer more filtration and protection from infection. In a pandemic, cloth masks are better than no mask when it comes to social distancing, if used properly.
To maintain supplies of PPE during pandemics or other shortages, it may be necessary to ensure sufficient supply levels through decontamination and reuse, and to employ processes such as extended wear to utilize the same equipment for longer than the periods of time for which it was originally designed.
Powered Air-purifying respirator by Max AIR® Systems. It has an integrated helmet that eliminates the need for a long aritube and large belt-mounted blower unit.