As the country braces for the spread of the coronavirus, public health officials advise that we do not panic but instead focus on being prepared. Wearing the N95 Particulate Respirator is one method to protect oneself against airborne particles and any liquids which may contaminate the face. With small pores and a tight frame forming a seal around your nose and mouth, the N95 blocks up to 95% of airborne particles (0.3 microns). However, it is important to understand that wearing this respirator is one of many interventions needed to prevent transmission. Additionally, because of the very limited supply of the respirator, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only highly recommends the respirator for people who are ill, providing care for an ill person, or working in a healthcare setting. They also recommend you to consider alternative mask types to conserve the supply (i.e surgical masks).