FFP2 respirators, commonly referred as FFP2 masks, are now recommended by the HSE to be worn by healthcare workers.
But what’s the difference between masks?
In a nutshell FFP2 respirators offer a better fit to the face compared to the surgical mask which can often sit loosely on the face.
The FFP2 respirator filters particles such as dust, viruses and bacteria. Surgical masks block droplets from meeting the users mouth and nose, but aren’t as successful in stopping the smaller particles mentioned as the FFP2 respirators.
Overall, Surgical masks are recommended to be used in a surgery room, where the environment is very clean. FFP2 respirators are used outside of controlled environments, like a crowded place or in a industrial plant.
Wear a mask, save lives.