Where to buy N95, KN95 face masks as COVID strains continue to mutate

Wearing a face mask in public has become the new normal, and is also one of the most important things you can do to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus — especially as more contagious strains have been recently discovered in Brazil, South Africa, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

The Center for Disease Control recommends wearing a face mask in public, and many businesses mandate them in order for you to enter their establishment.

“Masks are a simple barrier to help prevent your respiratory droplets from reaching others,” the CDC says. “Studies show that masks reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth.”

Duke University also published a study in August that says the three most effective types of face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are N95, three-layer disposable and cotton. There were 14 types of face masks used in the study.

An N95 mask “is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles,” according to the FDA.

Finding N95 masks to buy can be difficult since they’re in high-demand, but plenty of KN95 masks are currently available. The main difference between the two are KN95 masks are typically regulated by the Chinese government, while N95 masks are regulated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S., according to a report by Men’s Health.

Here are N95 and KN95 face masks currently available online.

Plenty of surgical face masks are also being sold in bulk at great prices — such as this 100-Pack for under $36 on Amazon.

There are also other face mask options out there, from company-branded ones like Adidas and Under Armour, to sports-themed ones that Fanatics sells.


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