The differences between a face mask and a FFP2 respirator

Face masks are loose fitting and designed for one-way protection, to protect others from coughs and sneezes

Covers nose and mouth

WHO recommends a three-layer mask when people can't socially distance

Majority of masks do not have a safety rating

The FFP2 respirator is a tight-fitting mask, which creates a facial seal and filters both inflow and outflow of air

Tight fit over nose and mouth

Removes 94% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter or larger

Designed to protect the wearer up to the safety rating of the mask

Face masks are loose fitting and designed for one-way protection, to protect others from coughs and sneezes

The FFP2 respirator is a tight-fitting mask, which creates a facial seal and filters both inflow and outflow of air

Covers nose and mouth

Tight fit over nose and mouth

WHO recommends a three-layer mask when people can't socially distance

Majority of masks do not have a safety rating

Removes 94% of all particles that are 0.3 microns in diameter or larger

Designed to protect the wearer up to the safety rating of the mask