Stock up on KN95s: These FDA-approved masks are just $2.50 a pop at Amazon

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These high quality masks are currently only priced at $ 2.50 each. (Photo: Amazon)
As the number of cases continues to rise, face masks are more important than ever. The good news is that masks work well to keep the virus from spreading. The bad news is that the most effective masks can be hard to come by.
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We're not talking about the cute cloth masks decorated with your favorite band's name. These are KN95 masks - the masks expressly recommended by the FDA in high-risk situations (e.g. on public transport) to protect them from possible transmission. KN95 masks are currently in stock on Amazon.
And of course, if you have Amazon Prime, you get free shipping. Not a member yet? No problem. Here you can register for your free 30-day trial version. (By the way, those without Prime will still get free shipping on orders over $ 25.)
Shop for One: Powecom KN95 Masks (10 Pack), $ 25, amazon.com
"N95s?" you ask. Close, but not exactly. N95 masks are the next level of KN95 masks and are intended to be reserved for healthcare workers. When the pandemic first hit and regular citizens started looking for masks, our hospitals had no idea about this important PPE. Now we know we have to leave them to the professionals - and that's why buying KN95 masks is the smart move.
The particular KN95 mask we're talking about - which the FDA singled out for the rest of us - is the Powecom KN95 mask. It is the product of Amazon's Choice and is currently offered on Amazon.
A pack of 10 is currently only $ 25 - just $ 2.50 per mask!
Is the brand important? Yes, according to the FDA, this is the case. Read more about this below.
Basics of the N95 / KN95 connection
A face mask that is both comfortable and FDA approved. (Photo: Amazon)
KN95 masks are very similar to N-95 masks, says Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told Yahoo Life. In the early days of the pandemic, when masks for medical purposes were particularly scarce, the FDA issued what was known as an "emergency clearance" for KN95 masks - meaning they can be used in hospitals.
But not all brands of KN95 masks are created equal. Recently, the FDA revoked emergency approvals for several manufacturers of KN95 masks after an efficacy investigation. Powecom masks passed the tests. They are FDA cleared and officially placed on the FDA emergency approved list. As with the others on the list, the Powecom KN95 mask is confirmed to filter out 95 percent of the particles or more.
Shop for One: Powecom KN95 Masks (10 Pack), $ 25, amazon.com
"If your source for a KN95 mask is reliable, you should be fine," explains Dr. Conductor. The good ones are "comparable to the N95 masks we use," he says.
"The fundamental difference [between N95 and KN95 masks] is regulatory," says Dr. Kavita Patel, clinical transformation director at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings Institution. "KN95 masks are approved by Chinese regulators and are theoretically similar to the N95 masks that are FDA approved - but are likely made in China as well."
Do you have to wear a Powecom KN95 mask all the time?
Powecom KN95 masks are available now. (Photo: Amazon)
Our experts tell Yahoo Life that triple-layer, disposable or cloth masks should do the job when you're at least three feet away from others. However, Powecom's KN95 masks offer more protection and protect in riskier situations - for example when you are flying or taking a bus or train.
As already mentioned, these masks filter out more than 95 percent of the particles. The three-dimensional design makes it easier to breathe when you have to wear your mask for a long time. The material is non-woven soft cotton. And of course there are elastic ear loops and a metal piece to customize the fit over the nose.
Remember, wearing a mask does not mean you should stop practicing known methods of preventing the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and frequent, thorough hand washing are crucial. Dr. Schaffner explains: "We do these things in combination, not in isolation."
KN95 masks that are FDA approved for emergency use are hard to find these days. So stick to best practices - and secure some Powecom KN95 masks for higher risk settings. You will take very good care of yourself and others.
Shop for One: Powecom KN95 Masks (10 Pack), $ 25, amazon.com
Would you like to review your options? Here are other excellent KN95 masks available on Amazon:
SupplyAID KN95 masks, pack of 5
SupplyAID KN95 masks, pack of 5 (Photo: Amazon)
These three-dimensional versions are thick and durable, and you can get five for just $ 15.
“I feel a lot safer with it than with a simple fabric face mask,” says one shopper. “My intended purpose was to only wear these when I go shopping and run other errands that I know I'll be in close proximity to other people, but I've just worn them everywhere. Happy with this purchase. "
Shop for one: SupplyAID KN95 Masks, 5-Pack, $ 15, amazon.com
N95 Mask Co. KN95 face mask, pack of 50
N95 Mask Co. KN95 face mask, pack of 50 (Photo: N95 Mask Co.)
Don't you want to buy in bulk and get rid of the stress of replenishment? This 50 pack is for you. Each mask has a spacious breathing area, a metal nose bridge for a comfortable fit, and pleats for easy storage.
“Tested masks in heavy smoke from CA fires - they don't smell smoke, which is a great test as smoke is the smallest particle and only N95 works for that. At the same time, they allow easy breathing, ”says a satisfied buyer.
Shop it at: N95 Mask Co. KN95 Face Mask, 50 Pack, $ 130 (was $ 150), n95maskco.com
The reviews cited above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication.
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