The Delta variant, which first emerged in India in late 2020, has now been detected in many parts of the world and accounts for around 80% of all Covid-19 infections in the United States, this is according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).
Delta variant has proven to be much more transmissible than previous variants of the virus and is 225% more transmissible than the original COVID-19 strain, according to NPR. The reason it is much more contagious is because individuals infected are producing approximately 1000 times more copies of the virus in their respiratory tract.
Medical grade respirators, such as N95 masks or KN95 masks, can provide far better protection from coronavirus particles than 3ply or cloth masks most experts agree and because delta variant is much more easily transmitted than previous strains, we really need to consider the masks we use when out in public. In addition, these other styles of masks generally have a lot more leaking as the N95 and KN95 masks are designed to form fit to our faces for a good seal.
N95 and KN95 masks are very similar in their filtration standards, both require 95% or greater filtration. One of the key differences is that N95 have head straps and KN95 have ear loops. This good short video explains the difference very well.
Where to buy N95 or KN95 masks?
N95 masks were once difficult to find since they were in such high demand during the early phases of the pandemic but now plenty of N95 masks are available. ALG Health is a manufacturer in Ohio that offers Made in USA N95 soft shell masks and N95 hard shell masks through one of their US distributors that ships same day for very fast 2-3 day shipping times.
Vaccines are still showing to be very effective against infection but during these times of very high transmission, it seems prudent to take precautions as we’re seeing a good amount of breakthrough infections while we continue to learn more about these new strains.