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What is Respirator?

A respirator is a device which saves living beings from hazardous substance and pollutants which can get into their body and can affect their organs and health. This mask-like device covers the whole area of the human’s nose and lips and prevents them from the inhalation of noxious substances by filter the air. These are some of the most effective devices at the time virus outbreaks like COVID-19, which keeps the respiratory system safe by filtering the air.

A respirator is a mask made from different materials such as gauze, plastic, or cloth, which helps healthy people and health professionals to keep themselves protected from viruses like Coronavirus. Respirators work in a simple fashion; either they filter the air or purify the air with the help of its chemical cartridges.

Types of Respirators

  • Particulate Respirators: It is a recommended respirator and surgical mask against COVID-19, while the other one is Gas Mask Respirator also knows as Chemical Cartridges which protects the wearer from chemical gases and hazardous smog and keeps the respiratory system safe.
  • Powered Air-Purifying Respirator: This Respirator is powered by batteries that use a fan to draw air to the wearer and works in the same way as other filters/cartridges.

Respirator Safety/Protection

Respirator protects its wearers firstly through the removal of harmful contaminants from the air and provides clean air to the respiratory system, and secondly, it protects the respiratory system by purifying the air with the help of filter/cartridges. It protects people from viruses such as Coronavirus and many others, which are air or waterborne and are transmitted through coughing or sneezing.

The Cartridge Respirators help the workers working in chemical factories by acting as a cleaning solution to provide fresh and pure air to their lungs. For proper respiratory protection, wearers must follow the OSHA’s respiratory protection standards and NIOSH-certified respirators according to their situations.

Are Respirators reusable?

Yes, only if it is completing the standards of OSHA, i.e., the filter material is not physical damage, and other functions are working correctly. In the case, COVID-19, doctors and other people are using N-95 for longer durations by maintaining its functionality. Similarly, Cartridge Respirators are also reusable as the cartridges are replaceable. However, only surgical masks and other simple masks are disposable and should not be used for more than once.

Facts about Respirator

Respirator comes from a Latin verb, which means to breathe and breathe out. Respirators are lightweight and are comfortable to wear, while they are also less expensive. Wearers can freely move while wearing it as it does not restrict the mobility of wearers.

One of the best things about Respirator is that it helps the health professionals in treating the patients without getting affected by their breath. A respirator does not provide oxygen and only purifies the air, which keeps the respiratory system of humans safe.

The primary use of masks for doctors and patients started after the 1918 pandemic, and during COVID-19, everyone is asked to protect themselves with the help of these respirators.

The caution fact about Respirator is that it is not clean from the outside after it comes in contact with the hazardous material or virus infection, wearers must never touch it from the outside. Another fact about respirators is that it comes with categories, i.e., N, R, P series, which specifies which respirators are oil-proof or oil resistant.

Martin Adler

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