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- Amazon’s best-selling face masks arrived back in stock earlier this week and thousands of our readers rushed to the site in order to stock up on them.
- It’s unclear how much inventory Amazon has in stock right now, but the masks are somehow still in stock despite the staggering volume of orders we saw earlier in the week.
- 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 and these masks are perfect for the job.
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UPDATE: Delivery estimates are understandably starting to slip now, but there’s another brand of best-selling 3-ply face masks on Amazon that is now back in stock and shipping right away, as well as even better 4-ply face masks!
EARLIER: Despite all the craziness you’re seeing right now, there is something important that you absolutely must keep in mind: 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. Even if you somehow come across some N95 masks that are available to purchase, you absolutely shouldn’t buy them under any circumstances, and there are two main 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 masks that are available to the healthcare industry. Second, any N95 masks you come across right now will undoubtedly be severely overpriced, and they’re a waste of money if you don’t have a real need.
Should you ensure that you wear a face mask each and every time you leave your house right now? Yes, you certainly should. 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 despite the advice of pretty much every expert out there, you should still continue to quarantine yourself and only go out when you absolutely must. When you do have to go out to pick up groceries or do something else that is absolutely necessary, the CDC advises us all to use some type of protective face covering in order to limit the transmission of the novel coronavirus. That DOES NOT mean you should wear an N95 mask or even the KN95 masks that are now flooding the market from China. As long as you practice social distancing and good hygiene, a standard face mask will do just fine.
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. We recently told you how to quickly and easily make your own DIY face masks using supplies that you likely already have lying around your home, and they’re far more effective than other cloth DIY face mask instructions you’ll find online. 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 the DIY type though, don’t worry because we have some excellent news for you.
Earlier this week, we told you that Amazon’s best-selling face masks were 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 right now.
When we told you about these face masks arriving back in stock on Amazon, thousands of our readers rushed over to the site to buy them. Incredibly, however, these best-selling masks are still in stock and still available to ship as soon as this week. There are other face masks available right now on Amazon as well, but none that will arrive as quickly as these.
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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