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What's disposable surgical mask?

Surgical mask (also called medical mask), is a disposable medical grade face mask approved by the FDA. A disposable surgical mask is designed to be worn by healthcare professionals during surgery and nursing, to help prevent contamination of the surgical field or the patient by capturing liquid droplets that are expelled by the user. Surgical masks are also popularly worn by the general public against the smoke, haze, dust, flu, and other spreading airborne diseases such as COVID-19.

What's a disposable surgical mask made of?

A disposable surgical mask is usually made of three layers (also called 3 ply surgical mask), including an outer hydrophobic non-woven layer, a middle melt-blown layer, and an inner soft absorbent non-woven layer. These three layers have their specific functions: the outer layer is intended to repel water, blood and body fluids; the middle melt-blown layer is the critical highlight of a surgical mask, it is designed as the filter to stop germs from entering or exiting the mask; and the inner layer is intended to absorb water, sweat and spit.

Types of disposable surgical masks

There are three types of surgical masks: earloop surgical mask, tie-on surgical mask, and headband surgical mask. With a string-like material attached to the mask and placed behind the ears, the earloop surgical mask is the most popular and the easiest to wear. The tie-on face mask features four non-woven straps, the user can adjust the length and tie the straps behind the head. The headband medical mask has an elastic strap that is secured behind the head so that the mask will not leave any discomfort around your ears.

Differences between the disposable surgical mask, hygiene mask, and reusable fashion dust mask

The biggest difference between the surgical mask, hygiene mask, and a fashion dust mask is the melt-blown filter in the surgical mask. A disposable surgical mask is 3 ply with a melt-blown filter to stop viruses, while the disposable 2-ply hygiene mask made from fabric or non-woven material lacks a melt-blown layer. A reusable fashion dust mask made from washable cotton or sponge is also useless against viruses and bacteria.