7 KN95 Masks for COVID-19 Protection That You Can Buy Online
Stocking up on PPE has become the norm over the last year. While it's a little more straightforward to find a pair of safety glasses that offer protection and hand sanitizer that meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation of using a formula with 60 to 95% alcohol concentration, when it comes to choosing a face mask, the choices can feel overwhelming. N95 masks are still the gold standard, but since the CDC recommends saving them for healthcare workers, many people have turned to the Chinese equivalent, KN95 masks, instead.
According to Julie Chen, MD, an integrative medicine physician who is board-certified in internal medicine, that's because these masks are made from "multiple layers of material that block 95 percent of 0.3 micron particles. Coronavirus is even smaller, at 0.1 microns, but are typically bound to something larger (like droplets), so it's purported to be 95 percent protective."
While KN95 masks may provide a high level of protection, there are a few things to consider when shopping for one. Only a few Chinese manufacturers have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, so if you choose to wear one of these masks, be sure to select an option from this list. Plus, you should also be aware there are many counterfeit KN95 masks being sold online, so it's important to do some research before buying any.
Here are seven FDA-approved KN95 masks that you can buy:
- Newmark/Jinhua Jiadaifu Medical Supplies Co KN95 Mask
- Boncare/Guangdong Zhizhen Biological Medicine Co Ltd. KN95 Mask
- Miuphro/Chengde Technology Co. KN95 Mask
- Vida/Guangzhou Nan Qi Xing KN95 Mask
- Wwdoll/Chengde Technology Co. KN95 Mask
- Maskc KN95 Mask
- Powecom/Guangzhou Powecom Labor Insurance Supplies KN95 Mask
Dr. Chen recommends avoiding any KN95 masks with decorative fabric or sequins, as well as options that claim to be approved for children. She also suggests looking for options that have FDA-approved markings on either the mask itself or the packaging. To make the process easier, some brands now include an anti-counterfeit label on the box so you can verify the authenticity on its website.
Ready to add a KN95 mask to your PPE collection? With Dr. Chen's guidelines in mind, we scoured through hundreds of options online and found six KN95 masks that are listed on the FDA's Emergency Use Authorization List and available to buy. Keep reading to shop them all, and just remember to double check the packaging when they arrive to verify their authenticity.
Newmark/Jinhua Jiadaifu Medical Supplies Co KN95 Mask
Boncare/Guangdong Zhizhen Biological Medicine Co Ltd. KN95 Mask
Miuphro/Chengde Technology Co. KN95 Mask
Vida/Guangzhou Nan Qi Xing KN95 Mask
Wwdoll/Chengde Technology Co. KN95 Mask
Maskc KN95 Mask
Powecom/Guangzhou Powecom Labor Insurance Supplies KN95 Mask
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