• Medical-grade face masks should be reserved for healthcare professionals, but the rest of us are still being advised to wear protective face masks when we have to leave our homes.
  • Amazon’s best-selling face masks are now back in stock, offering better protection than most homemade masks at a decent price.
  • It’s unclear how much inventory Amazon has on hand right now, but there’s a good chance these masks will sell out soon so you’ll need to act fast if you want a box for yourself and your family.
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News flash: unless you’re a doctor, a nurse, or a first responder on the front lines of the war against the novel coronavirus pandemic, you don’t need an N95 respirator face mask. You just don’t. Even if you somehow come across some N95 masks that are available to purchase, you shouldn’t buy them for two reasons. First and foremost, there’s still a horrible shortage of N95 face masks and people selling them on the black market are further reducing the number of available masks for the healthcare industry. Second, they’re undoubtedly severely overpriced and they’re a waste of money if you don’t have a real need.

People with nonessential jobs are being advised to continue to shelter in place right now. Even if businesses start to open up in early May like the White House wants them to (against pretty much all expert advice), you should still continue to quarantine yourself and only go out when you absolutely must. When you do have to go out, however, the CDC advises us all to use some type of protective face covering in order to limit the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Now, there are a bunch of different options out there that won’t block healthcare professionals from getting the medical-grade face masks they all need so desperately. For example, recently we told you how to quickly and easily make your own DIY face masks using supplies that you likely already have in your home, and they’re far more effective than any cloth DIY face mask instructions you’ll find. If you want to step things up a bit, someone reverse-engineered an N95 face mask and posted instructions to make your own, complete with a virus neutralizer.

If you’re not into either of those options, you’ll be happy to learn that Amazon’s best-selling face masks are now back in stock and available to ship out as soon as possible. These are 3-layer masks that do a great job of blocking things from your airways — as long as you take the necessary precautions and practice strict social distancing. These are not N95 masks or medical-grade surgical masks, and that’s important to note. That said, they’re much better than most of the cloth DIY face masks that people are sharing plans for online these days.

The aforementioned face masks from Amazon and the two DIY masks we linked are all great options, and they’ll definitely do the job if you also remain vigilant. Stay at home unless you absolutely must go out. Practice social distancing and stay as far away from other people when you do have to leave the house. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as frequently as possible, especially after touching surfaces outside of your home.

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