This KN95 mask is a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon—and over 22,000 shoppers gave it a perfect five-star rating
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An amazing 22,000 buyers gave this mask a perfect five-star rating (Photo: Amazon)
While N95 masks are undoubtedly the best line of defense against harmful, potentially virus-transmitting droplets, they should be reserved for those who need them most - medical professionals who work on the front lines. For the rest of us, the FDA-approved KN95 is recommended, which is very similar to the N95.
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We found a great resource and now would be a good time to stock up. This 5-pack from SupplyAID is only $ 15. SupplyAID masks are so popular with Amazon buyers that more than 22,000 of them have sneaked in. One calls it “the closest to an N95 that you will see for a long time” and says: “Finally a mask that I can breathe with!”.
"The fundamental difference [between N95 and KN95 masks] is regulation," explains Dr. Kavita Patel, clinical transformation director at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the 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."
Many health professionals still use KN95 masks to this day, especially in clinics, as there is still a lack of N95 masks.
Shop for one: SupplyAID KN95 Masks, 5-Pack, $ 15, amazon.com
Do you have to wear a KN95 mask all the time?
SupplyAid KN95 masks. (Photo: Amazon)
Our experts tell Yahoo Lifestyle that three-ply, disposable or cloth masks should do the job if you are socially distant at least six feet away. However, SupplyAid's KN95 masks offer more protection and protect in risky situations - for example when you are flying or even taking a bus or train.
As already mentioned, these masks filter out more than 95 percent of the particles. The three-dimensional design makes breathing easier over long periods of time. The material is not 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."
The SupplyAid masks are made of a five-layer fabric and filter dust, pollen and more. They are shaped to fit snugly around your nose and are easy to breathe.
Experience reports on these SupplyAid masks are positive
One shopper said, "I'm a teacher and with school coming back soon I wanted to make sure I had good quality masks available. I found these to be breathable, fit my face well, and be able to speak and be understood (which is a total win is)! "
"Bought for an upcoming flight for just a little extra protection," added another. "They seem comfortable and suit my smaller face, unlike some other brands that are just too big." I won't feel bad either if I throw these away for the price after each flight. "
One buyer sums it up well: “Best product for the money,” writes the reviewer. “At the moment, they are the closest thing to an N95 mask. They fit well, not much gets through. and they come in a sealed and resealable package. "
Shop for one: SupplyAID KN95 Masks, 5-Pack, $ 15, amazon.com
Do you want to weigh your options? Here are more top notch KN95 masks on Amazon:
Feradyne KN95 masks, pack of 10
These masks are made up of five layers, including filtered, melt-blown polypropylene cloth and a skin-friendly fleece.
"Skip the others - this is your product," writes a five-star reviewer. “Masks have been the best investment so far. As long as you follow the instructions, they are primo. I was afraid that I might not be able to breathe properly, but I'm happy to report that I can breathe well as I can adjust the nasal strip while still covering my entire nose and mouth area. I will buy more. "
Shop One: Feradyne KN95 Masks, 10-Pack, $ 31 (down from $ 35), amazon.com
COVAFLU KN95 masks, pack of 10
Made with a soft and flexible four-layer polypropylene fabric, these disposable masks have over 8,000 near-perfect ratings.
"Convenient, reduces fogging of glasses, individually packaged," writes a satisfied buyer. “I bought this based on the reported standard similar to N95. Overall better than most products on the market. "
Shop it One: COVAFLU KN95 Masks, 10-Pack, $ 25, amazon.com
Purism KN95 masks, pack of 20
With this amazing deal, you can get top-notch KN95 masks for just $ 1.50 per pop. "They work," says one buyer. “The wife and daughter both tested positive for COVID. They isolated in their bedrooms, my son and I were negative so we brought them meals, drinks, etc. Wife was bedridden for three weeks; I took care of her and wore this mask every time I had to go into her room. I never got sick and today I took a negative antibody test to confirm that I never got COVID. "
Shop it: Purism KN95 Masks, Pack of 20, $ 30 (down from $ 40), amazon.com
The reviews cited above reflect the latest versions at the time of publication.
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