The holidays are just around the corner, which means indoor gatherings and trips to see loved ones (as well as big online sales, of course).
Although we are almost two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing a face mask is still recommended and required in certain situations.
Many businesses and schools require masks indoors, and wearing a mask is mandatory on planes, buses, trains, and other public transportation, in addition to US airports and train stations. According to the CDC.
While cloth masks were useful in the past against the original variants of the coronavirus, health experts now have divergent opinions if that’s still the case, according to a Washington Post article.
Standard, well-fitting surgical masks have also been shown to be effective against the Delta variant, the report says.
Many also believe that alternatives such as N95 masks which are regulated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are the best option due to the high transmission rate of the Delta variant – especially for those who are not vaccinated.
An N95 mask “is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very tight facial fit and highly effective filtration of airborne particles,” according to the FDA. Fit tests are also recommended to ensure a secure fit.
KN95 masks are a cheaper alternative to N95 masks, as long as they “meet requirements similar to those set by the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for respirators.” According to the CDC.
Here are the N95, KN95 and tri-layer disposable masks currently on sale for Black Friday 2021:
Where to buy N95 masks in bulk:
Where to buy KN95 masks in bulk:
Three-layer disposable face masks
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