Upping Your Mask Game: For Self-Advocates


This resource provides information on different types of masks that are more effective at protecting against COVID-19.

Why should I use an N95 or KN95 mask?

Some COVID-19 variants are more contagious, meaning it’s easier to get sick. You need to wear the best masks to protect yourself from getting the virus and spreading it to others. Some masks give you better protection from getting the virus. There are two kinds of masks that give the best protection: the N95, and the KN95.

Why are these masks better?

These masks are made of better materials and can keep out more of the virus than a cloth mask can. The N95 and the KN95 filter more air when you breathe in and out. If you do not yet have an N95 or KN95 mask, you should use a surgical mask covered by a cloth mask. This option is not as protective as the N95 or KN95.

N95 and KN95 masks are the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19!

Do these masks feel any different?

Some people think these masks are more comfortable because they have more space between your nose and the mask. Others feel this mask is tighter than a cloth mask. It is important to wear the best mask to keep you safe.

Can I reuse these masks?

These masks can be used for 1-3 days. If they get wet or look dirty, they should be thrown away. You should then use a new mask.

N95 and KN95 masks do not have clear or see-through options that make communication easier for people who rely on lip reading and facial expressions. Click here for tips on communicating while wearing a mask.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.