What type of protection does a KN95 provide?
All KN95s offered through Project N95 are covered under the FDA Emergency Use Authorization for Manufacturers of Imported, Non-NIOSH-Approved Disposable Filtering Facepiece Respirators manufactured in China (EUA).
Not all KN95s on the market meet these FDA standards and may not provide the same level of protection. KN95s are the Chinese market’s version of the U.S. N95. The specific KN95s that meet the FDA EUA standards have a 95% filtration rate similar to N95s.
KN95s provide more protection than a surgical mask because they are designed to fit tightly against the wearer’s face and should therefore let in less air and provide better protection than a standard surgical mask.