FACE MASKS, including N95s, are now available at all 115 FairPrice (Haze PSI 3-hour : 79)

FACE MASKS, including N95s, are now available at all 115 FairPrice supermarkets from this morning.

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  Tan Chuan-Jin

There are various concerns at hand. This is a brief update on the N95 masks. Please share with your friends and family.

People have asked about the difference between the N95 masks and the other thinner masks, and when they should be used. Here’s a summary of the info in the various advisories:

– The effective mask is the N95 mask. It’s designed to be sealed against the face. However for that same reason, it can be uncomfortable worn over a long period of time.

It is not necessary to wear the N95 mask indoors unless there is a medical reason to do so. Be guided by the doctor on the medical aspects.

It is not necessary to wear the N95 mask for short outdoor exposure unless there is a medical reason to do so. Be guided by the doctor on the medical aspects.

Use the N95 mask when there is prolonged exposure outdoors.

The lighter surgical masks do not filter out the haze particles. Some may feel better using them. There is no harm to use them, but it should be remembered that they would not be useful for prolonged exposure.

The best protection is to remain indoors as far as possible. Air-conditioning helps, if available, as air-conditioners have air filtration systems.

The N95 mask is not certified for children, so do not use it for children. Best protection for children is to stay indoors as far as possible.

Pregnant women should not keep the masks on for too long as they limit air-intake. Again, best protection for pregnant women would be to stay indoors as far as possible.

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Protect yourself and your loved ones. Follow the six steps to wearing the N95 mask. For more information on how to stay safe. For more info, click the link :  On haze and your health
Health Promotion Board, Singapore

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