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- Amazon has reserved high-quality 3M respirator face masks for hospitals and government agencies, but right now there are several best-selling options in stock that are available for anyone to purchase.
- It’s unclear if this is a mistake on Amazon’s part or if these 3M products are now supposed to be available to everyone, but if it’s a mistake then it will likely be fixed soon.
- That means you’ll need to hurry if you want to get these respirators for yourself and your family, and there are also plenty of NIOSH-approved P95 and P100 particulate filters in stock as well.
There is a special section on the CDC website that’s all about how you can protect yourself and your family from contracting the novel coronavirus. As it pertains to face masks, the page makes two statements in particular that everyone needs to be aware of. First, it says to “cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.” There are no exceptions for able adults or children over the age of two. For the foreseeable future, masks are an absolute necessity. But the second thing you should make note of is a few bullet points below that: “Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.”
We always tell our readers not to buy N95 face masks for two reasons. First, they’re needed by healthcare professionals and first responders. Second, they’re price-gouged almost anywhere you can find them. Instead, all you need are masks like Amazon’s best-selling 3-layer face masks. As long as you wear them anytime you’re outside your home and you also practice social distancing, these masks will do a fine job of protecting you and those around you. They also happen to be on sale right now for only 50¢ each thanks to a $5 coupon you can clip on the Amazon page, so you really have no excuses.
Our advice hasn’t changed for the near term. Don’t run out and buy N95 face masks for between $10 and $20 apiece. That said, it is good to have some face masks that offer better protection on hand. For regular day-to-day use, the cloth masks above are perfect. For higher-risk situations like taking public transportation or visiting a doctor’s office, however, it’s good to have added protection.
Another great opportunity is a mistake that someone made over at Amazon — Honeywell face masks that are only supposed to be for hospitals are now available for anyone to order! These will sell out fast at just $1.32 per mask, so hurry up and grab them while you can.
JB Medical KN95 face masks are the most popular option on Amazon, and they have been for quite a while. What’s more, they’re on sale for $2.50 each right now, which is a very good price. Definitely grab a few boxes to keep on hand before they sell out. But you also have a rare opportunity to get even better masks for even less money.
That’s right, Amazon has 3M respirator half face masks available right now on its site for anyone and everyone to order. What’s more, they start at just $29.99 each, so you won’t pay insanely gouged prices like you will on eBay and elsewhere.
3M 6000 Series face masks are among the best in the business. They’re made of high-quality materials that are impervious to germs and viruses, and they use replaceable filters that are rated either N95/P95, which means they filter at least 95% percent of tiny airborne particles like aerosolized coronavirus, or they’re rated P100, which means they filter at least 99.7% of particles including particles in oils. Even though these masks are typically available on Amazon only to hospitals and government agencies, they’re not the kind of disposable N95 masks that hospital workers use. That means you’re not taking inventory away from healthcare workers, so you shouldn’t feel bad about buying these.
Medium 3M 6200 Respirator Face Masks and Large 3M 6300 Respirator Face Masks are both in stock right now at Amazon and ready to ship. You can also find plenty of great options for NIOSH-approved P95 and P100 particulate filters to go with them.
As for filters, we’ve got three great NIOSH-approved options for you that are all ready to ship and will arrive at your home within a week or two. The first one is made by 3M itself, and there are tons of other options right here on Amazon.
3M Mercury Vapor Or Chlorine Cartridge For 6000 And 7000 Series Air Purifying Respirator (APR)… $49.95 Available from Amazon
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3M Particulate Filter 2071 Pack of 1 (2 filters) $16.99 Available from Amazon
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And if you just want masks, there’s a rare opportunity on Amazon right now to by 3M N100 face masks that are even better than N95 face masks (99.7% effective vs. 95%). They’re pricey, but they’re in stock now and they’re actually much cheaper than they are right now on eBay.
The novel coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, most doctors say we’ll have to keep wearing face masks outside our homes for at least a year. Face masks shouldn’t be reused more than a few times at most, so we’re going to need plenty of them in the months to come. Just take a look at the news and you’ll see that coronavirus cases are already climbing again all across the country. We’ve only barely just begun to reopen the economies in many states across the US, so face masks will be an ongoing need for the foreseeable future. Definitely pick up a few of these masks and enough filters to last you a while.
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