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- If you’re wondering where to buy N95 face masks online, there are actually a lot more options these days than you might think.
- Best-selling 3-layer face masks like the ones the CDC recommends we all wear are also back in stock on Amazon for just 50¢ each, and they’re perfect for low-risk activities like most things outdoors.
- If you’re going to be indoors around other people, you might consider something that provides a bit more protection like a best-selling MagiCare KN95 face mask or a 3M respirator.
- Someone also reverse-engineered N95 masks and shared instructions online, so you can make your own DIY face masks complete with virus neutralizer if you want.
Visit Amazon and you’ll find that the retailer’s best-selling 3-layer face masks are back in stock and ready to ship. What’s more, they’re back down to an all-time low price of just $0.50 per mask thanks to a coupon you can clip. As long as you practice strict social distancing and good hygiene by constantly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer (Purell hand sanitizer is also in stock right now at Amazon) whenever you touch a surface in a public place, these masks are very effective. And if you want to step things up a notch, you’ll find that even thicker MagiCare KN95 face masks are finally back in stock as well right now with a deep discount on boxes of 20 masks that normally sell for $70.
On top of all that, genuine 3M respirators are actually in stock right now at Amazon, and they’ve been made available to everyone instead of just to hospitals and government organizations. You’ll find small, medium, and large face masks in stock, and there are tons of NIOSH-approved P95 and P100 particulate filters to choose from.
Additionally, if you want popular reusable N95 face masks, we found an online shop called Clinical Supplies that has a shocking amount of masks in stock. Prices are sky-high, but a lot of people right now are willing to pay the price for things like genuine 3M 8210 N95 face masks that are in stock right now at a US-based company.
You can also get protection that’s nearly as good by making your own face masks, as long as you have great instrictions and a good design to base them on.
We recently gave our readers an awesome guide that explained how to make coronavirus face masks at home quickly and easily. In fact, those DIY face masks are so easy to make that you don’t even have to sew. Most of the materials you need to make those particular masks are simple things that you already have lying around your house. There are really only two things you need that might not already be readily available, and they’re both in stock and shipping now from Amazon. Definitely check out our guide for more details.
As we said, those masks are great because they’re very easy to make and they’re far more effective than just a t-shirt or a scarf. That said, they’re nowhere near as effective as medical-grade face masks that some people wear. The CDC is quite clear that “any face covering is better than nothing,” but you still shouldn’t buy N95 face masks even if you do manage to find them online or in a nearby store. Doctors, nurses, first responders, and others on the front lines of the war against the novel coronavirus have a far greater need than you do, and there is still a terrible shortage of masks and other PPE.
While it’s true that something is better than nothing, there are certainly degrees of effectiveness based on the materials and design you use. The masks in the guide linked above are more effective than any basic cloth masks, for example, but now we’ve found a guide for DIY coronavirus face masks that are even more effective than those. The guide comes from the same YouTube channel, and the vlogger basically tried to reverse-engineer an N95 mask. The end result is NOT as effective as a medical-grade respirator, of course, but it’s easily one of the best face mask designs we’ve come across. In fact, it even has its own integrated virus neutralizer.
That said, this mask is a bit more complicated than the one above and there are definitely more materials that you’ll need to make it. Here’s the full materials list:
- Virus Neutralizer
- Outer Layer: Option 1, option 2, option 3
- Middle Layer
- Inside Layer
- Oil Absorbing Pads
- Silicone gun
- White Tape
- Black Tape
Once you’ve got all that ready to go, you’ll find all the instructions you need in the video embedded below.
Here’s a better breakdown of the materials and prices:
Outer layer options
Spunbond Pack: Polyester Nonwoven Craft Fabric $9.95 Available from Amazon
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Brady SPC BPO500 BASIC 17" Length, 15" Width, White Color Oil Only Light Weight Pad (100 Per Ba… $23.76 Available from Amazon
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Aerostar Home Max 20x20x1 MERV 13 Pleated Air Filter, Made in the USA, Captures Virus Particles… Sale price withheld at the manufacturer’s request. Visit Amazon for pricing.
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Oil Absorbing Pads
- 1 Powecom KN95 Face Mask Protective Masks (Non-Medical) Filter Efficiency 99.2% FDA Authorized -…
- 2 Jointown Face Mask, Pack of 50 (5081)
- 3 PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer Refreshing Gel, Clean Scent, 1 fl oz Flip-Cap Bottle with Displa…
- 4 Germ-x Germ-x Hand Sanitizer, Original with Pump, 8 Fl Ounce (Pack of 12), 96 Fl Oz
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