PEHSU Factsheet: Masks to Protect Children and Pregnant People from Wildfire Smoke > 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.