Let's Talk PPE. Is a mask just a mask?

When coronavirus reared its ugly head, most of us were unprepared for what it had in store. And so were the corner drugstores that were accustomed to stocking--at most--two or three packs of masks, gloves, booties, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) health professionals and caregivers need to do their work.

The sudden demand overwhelmed stores, both large and small.

We've all had to learn a lot, really quickly, with the onset (and persistence!) of COVID-19. Just over a year ago, we'd never talked about N95 masks or social distancing in daily conversation, and now here we are studying the differences between filtration levels, stockpiling hand sanitizer, and wondering if we can use that mask for just one more day.

Let's face it: there's a lot of information out there about PPE. A lot of it is confusing, some of it is correct, but not all of it is reliable. And that leaves all of us to wonder if we're even buying the proper PPE for the job.

Here's a quick, easy-to-understand guide to filtering face masks, including their efficiency when it comes to fighting coronavirus. (Bamboo to the rescue! Bamboo charcoal layers boost filtration in the top performers!)

Read more about N95 masks with activated bamboo charcoal.

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