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When it comes to disposable masks, N95s are king. But, as you probably know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that they be reserved for healthcare workers and medical first responders. Luckily, though, there are KN95 masks.
These masks are the Chinese equivalent of N95 respirators—they’re just approved by the Chinese government instead of the U.S. government. But some KN95 masks have been granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration during the pandemic, making them approved for use in the U.S.
Naturally, everyone wants these. So, when you can find them, you want to load up. Well, Amazon has KN95 masks on the EUA list in stock—for now, at least. They’re called the Dr. Family KN95 masks, and they’re $13.50 for a five-pack, when you use a 10 percent off coupon (was $15).
In case you want to look it up, Dr. Family is produced by the company Jinhua Jiadaifu Medical Supplies, which is on the EUA list. According to testing conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), these masks filter out more than 95 percent of airborne particles, which is on par with N95 masks.
Each mask has five layers of protection, including two-layers of electrostatically charged melt-blown non-woven fabric to capture tiny particles that other materials can't filter. Ear loops and a metal nose bridge help you get a secure fit, while a cone shape is just right for easy breathing.
Reviewers rave about these masks. “Much better than the drugstore masks everyone is wearing,” one five-star reviewer wrote. “Maybe twice as thick maybe thicker.” Another said the masks are “a solid build with comfortable elastic straps and fit snugly,” adding, “I had a good seal all the way around.”
“This one is a good size, easy to breathe, comfortable fit. My new favorite mask,” another happy wearer remarked.
Again, KN95 masks on the EUA list don’t stick around for long. If you want added protection, it’s time to stock up.
Shop it: Dr. Family KN95 Face Mask, 5 Pack, $13.50 with coupon (was $15), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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