So let's wrap up this series in a nutshell.
Surgical masks and respirators are both considered personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel.
Both are considered single-use items, but respirators can be used in times of critical shortage
if not visibly compromised or they don't present increased difficulty for the user to breathe.
Surgical masks are not reliable for smaller airborne particles and do not provide protection at the level of respirators.
So I want you to be very clear on that.
Surgical masks do not provide the protection at the same level as respirators.
Respirators filter out at least 95% of airborne particles
but are more expensive and require fit testing to be effective.
And in times of a world pandemic can experience extreme shortages of availability.
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