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What if there is a mask shortage?

posted on Jul 27, 2021
  • You should always try to avoid smoke first (like improving indoor air quality).
  • Remember that this information is about masks and the protection provided from wildfire smoke. Protection from smoke is different than protection from infectious diseases.
    • In particular, N95s with or without exhalation valves protect from wildfire smoke
  • Masks (such as KN95s) from other countries may not follow the same rules as NIOSH-approved devices and might not provide the same protection as an N95 or medical mask.