Where to get your N95, KN95 face masks for better coronavirus protection – MLive.com

While distribution of the new COVID-19 vaccines is ramping up across parts of the United States, prevention tools like wearing face masks and social distancing likely will be with us for some time, health experts have said.

Because of this – and because the spread of a new, highly-contagious coronavirus variant is making headlines – some people are being even more cautious about the kinds of face masks they wear out in public.

While N95 and KN95 face masks were hard to get and were being reserved mostly for front-line medical workers at the beginning of the pandemic last year, supplies of these items have expanded recently and more people have been ordering them online for personal use.

N95 respirators are the PPE most often used to control exposures to infections transmitted via the airborne route, though their effectiveness is highly dependent upon proper fit and use. N95 respirators are intended to be used once and then properly disposed of and replaced with a new N95 respirator.

“Actually a type of respirator, an N95 mask offers more protection than a surgical mask does because it can filter out both large and small particles when the wearer inhales. As the name indicates, the mask is designed to block 95% of very small particles,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Like surgical masks, N95 masks are intended to be disposable. However, researchers are testing ways to disinfect N95 masks so they can be reused.”

If you’re not familiar with the KN95 masks, you’re not alone. Mask manufacturer 3M has described it this way: China’s KN95s masks are pretty much an equivalent to the N95 masks used in the U.S. And both types are increasingly being sold online. Of note: According to our sister site, Cleveland.com, KN95 masks aren’t regulated the same way N95 masks are in the U.S. and may not provide the same protection, though they’re likely more effective than a surgical mask. The CDC published a list of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators and the FDA has a list of non-NIOSH-approved KN95 respirator models approved for emergency use during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

ChiSip KN95 face mask (20 pack)

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Shopping for some new N95 and KN95 face masks? Here are some bestsellers available for purchase online now:

N95 Medical Supplies

KN95 Face Mask – Protective Respirator (10 Pack) $19.99

20 Pack – KN95 Face Masks – FDA APPENDIX A LIST $39.99

25 Pack – KN95 Face Mask – Protective Respirator $44.99

3 Ply – KIDS 3 Ply Surgical Style Face Mask (30 Pack) $12.99

N95 and KN95 deals from Amazon

SupplyAID RRS-KN95-5PK KN95 Protective Mask. 5-pack. Limited time offer of $12.23.

NIOSH Certified Makrite 9500-N95 Pre-Formed Cone Particulate Respirator Mask. 20-count package. Price is $47.87 plus free shipping.

Kimberly-Clark N95 Pouch Respirator (53358), Made in U.S.A, Universal Size, 50 Respirators. Price is $57.90 plus free shipping.

KN95 Face Mask 20Pcs, Included on FDA EUA List, 5 Layer Design. Price is $36.00

NIOSH Certified Makrite 9500-N95 Pre-Formed Cone Particulate Respirator Mask, M/L Size (Pack of 20 Masks). Cost is $69.97, plus free shipping.

Bielcor N95 face mask (20 pack)

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N95 and KN95 deals from Home Depot

KN95 Protective Face Mask CE Certified (5-Pack). Price is $16.98

KN95 Face Mask with Exhalation Valve (5-Pack). Price is $22.69

KN95 4 Layer Disposable Face Mask (10-pack). Price is $23.98

Clinical Supplies USA masks:

3M 8511 mask | N95 mask x 10 | NIOSH. Price is $64.95

Makrite 9500S mask | N95 mask x 20 | NIOSH. Price is $99.95

Moldex 2600 Special Ops™ Series with HandyStrap® | N95 mask x 15 | NIOSH. Price is $119.95

Online face mask deals from Sears

Bielcor N95 Face Mask Respirator Without Valve (20 Pack) for $26

Amston Tool Company AMSTON 1808-N95 Disposable, Foldable Dust Masks (20-pack). Price is $46.03

White Mark KN95 Face Mask Mouth Cover Medical – Ships From USA – 10 Pack. Price is $29.99

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