Paragon Laboratories (Torrance, CA), a manufacturer of dietary supplements, will donate 3,600 N95 respirators to local hospitals in the Southern California area.
With the growing shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, respirators, face shields, and gowns, health care workers are having to stretch their supplies, which poses a risk to them and the patients they are treating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
N95 respirators are different than the standard surgical face masks in that they are able to form a tight enough seal to filter out at least 95 percent of particles in the air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Surgical masks, comparatively, are loose-fitting and do not protect the wearer as well against airborne particles, which is a risk factor for those treating patients with the virus.
“We want to support the health and safety of our health care community who are risking their lives as they continue to combat the virus,” said Jay Kaufman, CEO of Paragon Laboratories. “We recognize and appreciate all of their efforts and are continuing to work with area hospitals to see where we can offer our additional support.”
For more information, visit www.paragonlabsusa.com.