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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Henderson and Richpeace Offer N95 Respirator Lines

With Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, being declared a global pandemic, personal protective equipment used to prevent disease transmission is now in short supply. N95 respirators are used to help prevent airborne disease transmission, but should you buy them to mitigate risk from the Coronavirus? Now, two companies – Henderson and Richpeach – are collaborating to offer three different types of automated face mask production lines.

N95 respirators, commonly called N95 masks, are air filters worn on the face to capture tiny pollution particles before they can reach the sensitive tissue in your lungs. The effectiveness of N95 masks is controversial, and evidence on both sides of the issue is far from comprehensive.

N95 Mask Effectiveness Against Coronavirus

N95 is an efficiency rating from the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) that means the N95 mask filters out 95% of Non-oil particles larger than 0.3 microns (.00003 cm). The masks are commonly worn to protect users from dust while working and from air pollution in many large cities.

Henderson Sewing Machine Co. and Richpeace now offer three different types of automated face mask production lines.

Foldable Respirator Mask Automatic Production Line

Foldable Resp Mask

Pleated Face Mask Automatic Production Line

Pleated Face Mask

Cup Respirator Mask Automatic Production Line

Cup Resp Mask

The strongest argument for wearing an N95 mask is the fact that COVID-19 has a 2–14-day incubation period before symptoms appear. The CDC recommends avoiding people who are sick, but with an incubation period that long, you may not know. Coronavirus testing is one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the disease for this reason.

Currently, the U.S. CDC (Center for Disease Control) does not recommend the routine use of respirators outside your workplace, simply because there are not enough available to satisfy the demand. This is mainly because N95 masks should be reserved for healthcare workers regularly exposed to the disease. There simply aren't enough masks to go around.

The Coronavirus is primarily spread via respiratory droplets from sneezes and coughs, so masks do decrease risk of infection. The most effective thing you can do is stay home. Stay away from crowded public gatherings. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. If you must go out, you are worried about catching the Coronavirus, and you have a mask, it is better to wear one than not. I am not, however, advocating panic buying.

More information:
Frank Henderson, CEO
Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc
P.O. Box 966 / 1 Waits Drive Industrial Park
Andalusia, Alabama 36420 USA
Tel: 800-824-5113 / 334-222-2451
Fax: 800-239-8398 / 334-222-4085
Cell: 334-488-4534


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