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Important note: A spokesperson for the CDC tells Finder most people should wear cloth face masks "in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household" — especially when social distancing isn't possible.

Finder vets each mask retailer as a legitimate reseller prior to listing by confirming business and item documentation. We also request a physical sample to compare against what is advertised. We do not test any mask for its filtration capabilities, and none of the masks listed here are NIOSH-certified to our knowledge. Read the CDC's page on counterfeit respirators to learn more about NIOSH certification

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KN95 Face Masks: 20 - 960pcs from DMB Supply

KN95 Face Masks: 20 - 960pcs

DMB Supply

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KN95 Respirator Masks: 5 - 1,000 pc from Cufy

KN95 Respirator Masks: 5 - 1,000 pc

Cufy

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KN95 masks, 6 – 100 pcs from Almont Ventures

KN95 masks, 6 – 100 pcs

Almont Ventures

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KN95 Face Mask: 10 -1000pcs from Mask Makers

KN95 Face Mask: 10 -1000pcs

Mask Makers

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Where to buy N95 face masks online

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DMB Supply: N95 masks made in the USA available now.
Now in-stock! DMB Supply has N95 Masks that are made in the USA. Free same or next day shipping from New York via UPS Ground. KN95 masks also available to order now.
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  • N95 10 — 20pcs
  • In-stock now
  • Ships from New York
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Cufy: 5-ply disposable KN95 respirator masks available now.
5-ply design with mutli-layer filtration made of non-woven fabric. Available in packs of 5 to 1,000.
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  • Bulk buying options
  • Discounted prices
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Mask Makers: KN95 masks available to order today
Order packs of five to one thousand KN95 masks, with packages shipping same or next day from the USA.
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  • 5 – 1000pcs available
  • Free two-day shipping
  • In-stock now
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Almont Ventures: Shop KN95 masks and support an NY hospital.
For every mask sold, Almont Ventures donates a surgical mask to healthcare workers at Weill Cornell Hospital in New York City.
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  • Ships fast from the USA
  • In-stock now
  • Packs of 6 to 100
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KN95 Face Masks: 5-layer KN95 face masks available online.
Shop KN95 face masks in small quantities for personal use or bulk buy for businesses, schools and other large groups.
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  • 10 — 10,000pc supply
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Masks by Whizley
Masks by Whizley: In stock and ready to ship from the USA via Fedex.
Masks by Whizley is an American supplier of personal protective equipment. Shipped from a local warehouse in California, purchases are delivered as fast as the next day.
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  • 50 day supply
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  • Ships fast from USA
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DreamHug: KN95 face masks ready to ship now.
5-ply design with a flexible nose bridge for added comfort. In-stock and ready to ship now.
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  • In-stock now
  • 5 masks per box
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Home Depot: A limited selection of respirator masks available.
Home Depot's website lists a small selection of N95 and 3M masks, though many may be out of stock or unavailable for delivery. Check with your local store to see if inventory is available in your area.
  • Free shipping over $45
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Amazon: Choose from a small selection of KN95 masks.
As of July 2020, Amazon is allowing the sale of KN95 and N95 masks again, after reserving them only for hospital use during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, use caution when buying from third parties to ensure you're receiving a legitimate product.
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  • Free shipping over $25
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AliExpress: Shop hard-to-find items from sellers around the world.
AliExpress is a global marketplace with a wide variety of items available from third-party sellers. Note that some buying options may take weeks to arrive, depending on the country of origin.
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Are N95 and KN95 masks available on Amazon?

Yes. Amazon now allows N95 and KN95 face masks to be listed on its marketplace, after temporarily disallowing the sale of these masks to the public due to a shortage of supplies available for healthcare workers. However, check seller reviews when buying face masks on Amazon to make sure they are offering legitimate face masks that will arrive in a timely manner.

Which stores have N95 and 3M masks in stock?

Some big-box retailers are starting to stock limited supplies of N95 and 3M masks in stores and online again. However, many stores only carry stock in certain locations, so call your local store to see if it has stock before heading out. This list was last updated on July 29, 2020.

Store Masks in stock online Masks in stock in stores
Ace Hardware Yes 3M masks available in select stores
Costco No No
CVS No No
Dollar Tree No No
Home Depot No N95 and 3M masks available in select stores
Lowe's Yes – 3M masks available 3M masks available in select stores
Sears Yes – Limted supply of 3M masks available No
Target No No
Walgreens No No
Walmart No No

Protect yourself from scams when buying face masks online

Before buying an N95 or KN95 face mask online, double-check that the retailer is selling legitimate products at a reasonable price. Here are a few tips to help you navigate online mask shopping.

Factors that may affect mask and PPE prices

Low supply, rising demands and air cargo shipping costs are all factors that have increased the cost of N95 masks and other personal protective equipment. These factors may also influence shipping costs and delivery speeds. Look for products that ship from the USA for faster delivery times and lower shipping costs.

How can I tell when it’s price gouging or not?

The fluctuating supply and demand of respirator masks and other PPE means that prices will fluctuate, too. Before buying, compare the price of similar items across multiple websites to make sure the price of the item you’re interested in is in line with the general market value. If a nearly identical item is priced much higher on one website than on several similar websites, this could indicate price gouging.

Is it safe to buy face masks on Amazon?

Use caution when buying KN95 and N95 face masks on Amazon, since its products come from third-party sellers and it can be difficult to spot a counterfeit item before you buy. Look for red flags like no customer reviews, highly edited or blurry photos and grammatical errors and typos throughout the product description.

How to make a DIY N95 face mask

While there are countless DIY tutorials to make your own cloth face masks, making your own DIY N95 mask requires a few more steps but can be done. Homemade filtered masks aren’t intended to stand in for medical or professional use, but can offer you more protection than a regular cloth mask.

To make your own filtered mask, you’ll need:

  • 1 MERV13 air filter – you can find these at most hardware stores
  • 1 piece of Spunbond fabric, large enough to cover your nose and mouth
  • 1 pair of disposable shoe guards
  • Citric acid or lemon juice
  • Two elastic bands
  • Glue gun
  • Glue inserts for glue gun
  • 3 pipe cleaners
  • Stapler
  • Old N95 mask (optional)
  • A cup or glass

Instructions:

  1. Remove the cardboard edges from the MERV 13 filter and flatten it out.
  2. Trace the outline of an old N95 face mask onto the MERV 13 filter. If you don’t have an old mask, you can find a template online or freehand the general outline of your mask onto the filter.
  3. Cut the piece out from the MERV 13 filter. This will be the inner layer of the mask.
  4. Label the nose and chin edges.
  5. Trace the same shape onto the piece of Spunbond fabric and cut out. This will be the second layer of the mask.
  6. Cut the elastic pieces off of the shoe guards (you can save them if you want to use them for your elastic ear loops).
  7. Spray both shoe guard fabric pieces with lemon juice or a citric acid solution. This helps to neutralize harmful particles.
  8. Let dry before using.
  9. Trace the same mask shape onto both shoe guards and cut out. This will be the outer mask layer.
  10. Glue the shoe cover layer to the Spunbond fabric layer using a glue gun. Then glue these layers to the bottom MERV 13 filter layer.
  11. Cut the pipe cleaners to size so that they fit along the edge of the nose side of your mask. Line all three next to each other to form a wide nose wire for your mask.
  12. Glue the pipe cleaners down, then glue the second shoe guard layer over top of the pipe cleaners to complete the mask.
  13. Staple one elastic bands on either side of the nose wire. Staple the other elastic band as the chin strap.
  14. Bend the mask down over a cup or glass to give you breathing room.
  15. Adjust the nose wires to your face so that the mask fits snugly and comfortably. Trim away any excess material.

Can’t find face masks? Here’s where else to shop.

Face masks may be temporarily out of stock at many retailers due to increased demand. But don’t forget to check your local dollar store or even a specialty medical supply store. These often-overlooked shops may still have supplies while larger retailers restock.

As an alternative, you can find cloth masks and disposable surgical masks at several retailers.

Disposable Masks - 50 – 3000pcs
Disposable Masks - 50 – 3000pcs

Cufy

3-ply Disposable Face Masks
3-ply Disposable Face Masks

Diska Tech disposable

American-Made Disposable Face Masks
American-Made Disposable Face Masks

DreamHug

Surgical Masks: 50 – 10,000pcs
Surgical Masks: 50 – 10,000pcs

DMB Supply

Where can I buy 3M masks?

Hardware and home improvement stores like Home Depot, Lowe's and Ace Hardware typically stock 3M masks for construction and home renovation purposes. While many of these stores ran out of stock at an earlier point during the coronavirus pandemic, many are now selling 3M masks in stores and some even online again.

Online online retailers like DMB Supply and Clinical Supplies also now carry 3M masks that are made in the USA. However, stock may be limited, so check this page for the latest information.

What’s the difference between P2, N95 and KN95 face masks?

The difference is in the country standards that measure the product’s performance. The N95 mask is a filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) that meets the United States standard of NIOSH-42CFR84. The KN95 face mask — the Chinese version of the same mask — meets China’s safety standard, GB2626-2006.

But both masks function and perform similarly. They filter a minimum of 95% of particles or droplets that are 0.3 microns wide or larger, including viruses, smoke and bacteria. Due to recent demand and shortages of N95 masks for medical workers, the US government has approved KN95s for use.

Both masks offer nearly the same level of protection, according to a study by respirator company 3M.

Certification/Class
N95
FFP2
KN95
P2
Korea 1st Class
DS
Filter performance ≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 94%≥ 94%≥ 95%
Test agentNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaClNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaCl
Flow rate85 L/min95 L/min85 L/min95 L/min95 L/min85 L/min
Total inward leakage (TIL) N/A≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions
Inhalation resistance ≤ 343 Pa≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)
≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)
≤ 500 Pa (clogging)
≤ 350 Pa≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)
≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)
≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)
≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)
≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)
≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate85L/minVaried – see
above
85L/minVaried – see
above
Varied – see
above
40L/min
Exhalation resistance ≤ 245 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 250 Pa≤ 120 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate85L/min160L/min85L/min85L/min160L/min40L/min
Exhalation valve leakage requirementLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minN/ADepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 secLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minVisual inspection after 300L /min for 30 secDepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec
Force applied-245 PaN/A-1180 Pa-250 PaN/A-1,470 Pa
CO2 clearance requirementN/A≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%

If N95 masks are out of stock, can I buy a P2 or KN95 mask?

Yes — but be wary of scams. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to equipment shortages, especially N95 masks. Unscrupulous sellers are selling fakes to try to profit from the situation. 3M, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of masks, offers a tool to check if a product is genuine.

And though the FDA originally left the KN95 off its approved list of respirators in a March 28 statement, it has since approved KN95 masks that meet specific criteria.

You can find P2 and KN95 masks at several retailers on this page.

What’s the difference between NIOSH-approved and FDA-cleared face masks?

Differences come down to function and intended use. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) tests and certifies standard respirator masks used in the workplace to prevent dust and other small airborne particles from inhalation. In contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clears as medical devices both standard surgical masks and surgical N95 respirator masks intended for use by healthcare workers.

According to a NIOSH representative to whom Finder reached out, “NIOSH approves respirators in accordance with 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 84 (42 CFR 84), not to any other standards. Only respirators that meet or exceed all of the requirements established in the 42 CFR 84 standards are acknowledged by NIOSH, and only those that have been NIOSH approved may be marketed as a NIOSH-approved respirator. If a respirator is marked only N95, that does not constitute a NIOSH approval. Currently, N95 is not trademarked. It has been used to indicate a filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) is 95% efficient; however, it should not be used in a context that misleads a user to think an FFR is NIOSH-approved that is not.”

Approval or clearance organizationMask typeFunction
NIOSH-approvedStandard N95 respiratorReduces the amount of airborne particles inhaled by the wearer.
FDA-clearedSurgical masksReduces the amount of particles expelled by the wearer and offers protection from fluids.
NIOSH-approved and FDA-clearedSurgical N95 respiratorsReduces the amount of airborne particles inhaled and expelled by the wearer, and offers protection from fluids.

What does an NIOSH-approved mask look like?

Below is an example of what a face mask should look like according to NIOSH approval standards. To verify if a respirator is NIOSH approved, use the NIOSH Certified Equipment List or its list of NIOSH-Approved filtering facepiece respirators.

Image source: CDC.gov

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How an N95 mask is constructed

N95 masks are made of several layers of special non-woven fabric, with a filtration facepiece respirator (FFP) in the middle.

The two outer layers are made from melt-blown fabric, which filters out small airborne particles. Melt-blown fabric is made by melting polypropylene and other similar types of plastics and using a machine to draw the material out into fine strands. As these strands cool next to each other, they bond together to form a solid sheet of melt-blown fabric.

Between these two layers is a layer of no-melt cotton, which absorbs moisture, and the FFP respirator. The respirator component of masks like the N95, FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 set them apart from disposable surgical masks, which do not contain a respirator but still protect the wearer from spreading airborne particles and being exposed to bodily fluids.

How to remove your mask properly

First, wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask. When you’re ready to take it off, do not touch the front of the mask — it could be contaminated. Instead, remove the mask by pulling the bottom strap over the back of your head, followed by the top strap. Discard the mask, and then wash your hands.

How to dispose of a respirator mask

Follow these steps to properly dispose of your face mask after use:

  1. Remove the mask from your face.
  2. Place it inside a plastic bag such as a grocery bag or sandwich bag.
  3. Securely seal the bag closed.
  4. Place the bag in the garbage can.
  5. Immediately wash your hands.

Which states require face masks in public?

State or territory Requirements More info
Alabama Statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public for people ages 6+, including transportation. More info
Alaska No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended. Face coverings required for employees of reopening businesses statewide. Local ordinances require face coverings in Anchorage and Juneau. More info
Arizona No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended. Face masks required for patrons and employees of barbers and cosmetologists statewide. Local ordinances require face coverings in Avondale, Carefree, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson, Tuscon and Maricopa County. More info
Arkansas Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people ages 9+ indoors and outdoors when exposed to people outside of household and when social distancing isn't possible. More info
California Statewide mandate requiring face coverings or masks in common and public spaces and outdoors when distancing isn't possible. Nonrestricted alternatives OK for those who have a medical condition. More info
Colorado Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 10+ in indoor public spaces and some outdoor spaces. More info
Connecticut Statewide mandate requiring face coverings or masks in common and public spaces and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible. More info
Delaware Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public for people ages 2+. More info
Florida No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended for those ages 2+. Face coverings required for personal care providers and employees. Local ordinances require some form of face covering mandate in public, including Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Duval, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Indian River, Leon, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Walton counties. Also required in Anna Maria, Apalachicola, Aventura, Biscayne Park, Bradenton, Boca Raton, Cocoa Beach, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Cutler Bay, Dania Beach, Davie, Daytona Beach, Deerfield Beach, DeLand, Delray Beach, Doral, Fernandina Beach, Flagler Beach, Florrida City, Forrt Lauderdale, Fort Myers Beach, Golden Beach, Gulf Breeze, Hialeah, Hollywood, Holmes Beach, Homestead, Indian Harbour Beach, Indiatlantic, Jacksonville, Key Biscayne, Key West, Leesburg, Lakelsand, Mary Esther, Medley, Melbourne, Miami, Miami Lakes, Milton, Miramar, New Smyrna Beach, North Miami, Oakland Park, Ocala, Orange City, Palatka, Palm Coast, Palmetto Bay, Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Perry, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Punta Gorda, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Sanibal, Sarasota, Satellite Beach, Surfside, Tamarac, Tampa, West Melbourne, Wilton Manor, Winter Haven and Venice. More info
Georgia No statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public, though recommended. Face coverings required for employees of bars, restaurants, personal care providers, amusement parks, carnivals, conventions and live performances. Local ordinances require face coverings in Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Clayton County, College Park, Decatur, DeKalb County, Doraville, Dunwoody, East Point, Fairburn, Rome, Sandy Springs, Savannah, Smyrna, South Fulton, Statesboro and Union City. More info
Hawaii Statewide mandate requiring face masks in most public places and while ordering from drive-thrus. Violators face up to $5,000 fine or up to a year in prison. More info
Idaho No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though face coverings strongly advised for residents. Local ordinances require face coverings in Ada County and in Bellevue, Boise, Driggs, Ketchum, McCall and Victor. More info
Illinois Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people age 2+ in public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. More info
Indiana Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people ages 8+ indoors and when social distancing isn't possible. More info
Iowa No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public. Local ordinances require face coverings in Dubuque and Johnson counties and Ames, Iowa City and Mount Vernon, Waterloo. More info
Kansas Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public spaces. More info
Kentucky Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public spaces. More info
Louisiana Statewide mandate requiring people ages 8+ to wear face masks in public spaces. More info
Maine Statewide mandate requiring people ages 2+ to wear face masks in public spaces. More info
Maryland Statewide mandate requiring face masks on public transportation, in grocery stores and in retail establishments. More info
Massachusetts Statewide mandate requiring people ages 2+ to wear face masks in public. More info
Michigan Statewide mandate requiring face masks over nose and mouth in public. More info
Minnesota Statewide mandate requiring face masks in indoor public spaces and some outdoor spaces — including transportation — where social distancing isn't possible. More info
Mississippi Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public. More info
Missouri No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though recommended. Local ordinances require face masks or coverings in Cape Girardeau, Clay, Jackson and Johnson counties and in Branson, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis. More info
Montana Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in indoor public spaces and some outdoor gathering spaces in all counties with at least four active COVID-19 cases. More info
Nebraska No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though recommended. Local ordinances require face masks or coverings in some circumstances in Douglas County, Lincoln and Omaha. More info
Nevada Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public. More info
New Hampshire Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people in groups of 100+ and all indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. More info
New Jersey Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 2+ in all indoor and outdoor public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. More info
New Mexico Statewide mandate requiring face masks in public. More info
New York Statewide mandate requiring face coverings in public spaces and where social distancing isn't possible. More info
North Carolina Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people ages 11+ in public spaces. More info
North Dakota No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though recommended. Required for personal care services employees. More info
Ohio Statewide mandate requiring face masks in all public spaces. More info
Oklahoma No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though recommended. Local ordinances require face masks or coverings in some circumstances in Altus, Chickasha, El Reno, Guthrie, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. More info
Oregon Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info
Pennsylvania Statewide mandate requiring face masks in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info
Puerto Rico Mandate requiring face masks in public. More info
Rhode Island Statewide mandate requiring face masks or coverings in all indoor and outdoor public spaces. More info
South Carolina No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though encouraged. Local ordinances require face coverings in some form in Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland and Walterboro/Colleton counties. City ordinances in Arcadia Lakes, Beaufort, Bishopville, Camden, Cayce, Clemson, Columbia, Conway, Folly Beach, Forest Acres, Fort Mill, Greenville, Hilton Head, Irmo, Kiawah Island, Lexington, Manning, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach, Newberry, North, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Summerville, Sumter and West Columbia. More info
South Dakota No statewide mandate for face masks in public, though encouraged. More info
Tennessee No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though encouraged for employees and members of the public. Local ordinances require face masks or coverings in some circumstances in Davidson, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Knox, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Sevier, Shelby, Sumner, Tipton, Washington, Williamson and Wilson counties and in Nashville. More info
Texas Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 9+ in public, with exemptions for counties with fewer than 20 active cases of COVID-19. Local ordinances require face coverings in some form in College Station, Denton and McKinney. More info
Utah No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though recommended. Local ordinances require face masks or coverings in some circumstances in Logan and Springdale, plus Salt Lake, Summit and Grand counties. More info
Vermont Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 2+ while in public spaces where social distancing isn't possible. More info
Virginia Statewide mandate requiring face masks while in public and wherever large groups can congregate. More info
Washington Statewide mandate requiring face coverings for people ages 2+ in all situations where social distancing isn't possible. More info
Washington, DC District-wide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 2+ whenever outside the home or likely to come in contact with others. More info
West Virginia Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 9+ in all indoor public spaces and when social distancing isn't possible. More info
Wisconsin Statewide mandate requiring face masks for people ages 5+ in enclosed public spaces and at outdoor bars and restaurants. More info
Wyoming No statewide mandate requiring face masks in public, though required for patrons and employees of gyms and personal care businesses. Local ordinances require face masks or coverings in some form in Teton County. More info

Which type of mask do I need?

There’s a lot of information out there about when and where to wear a mask and what type of mask you need for various situations.

“The CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain,” CDC spokesperson Jasmine Reed tells Finder.

“Cloth face coverings should not be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.”

This guide can help you decide when another type of face mask might better fit your needs.

Mask typeWho’s it best for?DescriptionHow long does it last?
N95, KN95 respirator masks Healthcare workersBlocks at least 95% of airborne particles when worn properly. Adheres to government testing regulations.Can be reused in certain situations, but must be discarded after coming into contact with bodily fluids, infected patients and in other circumstances. Read the CDC’s full reuse guidelines.
Surgical face masks People who are sick and caretakersProtects wearers from infecting others. Usually made of 3 layers of melt-blown fabric.Intended to be discarded after every use.
Cloth face masks The general population when in a public spaceTypically made from cotton fabric with elastic or tie straps. Some designs have a pocket to place a removable filter.Can be washed and reused for weeks or even months, as long as the material maintains its integrity.
DIY face masks The general population when in a public spaceCan be homemade using an old T-shirt, bandana, coffee filter or other readily available materials.Depends on the materials used. Most DIY cloth masks can be washed and reused for weeks or even months, as long as the material maintains its integrity.

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    NormAugust 1, 2020

    Where can I order a black colored N95 disposable respirator with valve and material similar to 3M 8511 mask?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      emilyvillaAugust 5, 2020Staff

      Hi Norm,

      I hope you’re doing well and I do understand the importance of searching for a product that would best suit your needs.

      Generally, in order to look for masks that are similar to what you are looking for, you may click on the blue ‘Shop now’ button on any of the lenders we have on the page. This will securely take you to their website where you can review more details and complete the transaction.

      If you click on the DreamHugs listing on the page, you will find they carry a black “reusable and washable KN95 protective mask”, and also black “disposable 3-ply” face masks, which may be the closest we can find.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions or clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

      Best Regards,
      Ems

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    SandyJuly 21, 2020

    I ordered a set of 10 masks from Cufy from your website and I couldn’t figure out why I hadn’t heard back from them. I was informed today that they did not fill my order because their “fraud protection” service said that I, an 86 year old woman who takes 5 heart meds a day, am a fraud. That my order was a phony and my credit rating is in the 800’s. No more ordering via a secondary website.

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      emilyvillaJuly 22, 2020Staff

      Hi Sandy,

      We’re sorry to hear you had this experience. Unfortunately, right now there are lots of cases of scams and fraud across the country as there is such high demand for legitimate PPE products. Because of the increase in scams, businesses are taking more and more stringent precautions, which includes using fraud software to help detect when an order is suspicious.

      Sometimes since the software is so effective, legitimate orders can get swept up and flagged as fraud in an abundance of caution. This is to protect the customer as much as the business.

      The best course of action is to contact Cufy using the contact information on their website, to ask that the order be submitted and sent. We appreciate you reaching out and we want to make sure you get the order you intended! Please let us know if you have any other questions and we’ll be happy to help.

      All the best,
      Ems

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    SusannaJune 22, 2020

    I cannot wear a mask with ear loops as I wear hearing aids that sit behind my ears. I have read that the KN95 mask comes with ties while the N95 does not. Can you clarify/recommend a model or style of mask that will fit my specific need? Thank you.

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      JhezJune 23, 2020Staff

      Hello Susanna,

      Thank you for reaching out to us here at Finder.

      I understand it’s not comfortable having to wear face masks and hearing aids at the same time. Unfortunately, we have no page specifically for KN95 masks with ties behind the back of the head. However, you can see above that cloth fabric face masks have this elastic tie strap. If you want to buy KN95 masks, you can customize it to a DIY KN95 mask by making the tie longer and tie it behind the back of your head. Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    RockyMay 28, 2020

    Please advise from where can i get kids KN95 mask

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      fayemanuelMay 29, 2020Staff

      Hi Rocky,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

      The stores featured on the page are the only sellers of KN95 available on Finder. We currently do not have the information if this masks come in a different or single size. If you prefer a mask that come in small, small/medium, medium/large and large – you may want try the N95. You may visit the seller’s official page by pressing the “Order Now” or “Shop Now” button to check if they have a stock for smaller size.

      I hope this helps. Keep safe!

      All the best,
      Faye

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    fayemanuelMay 26, 2020Staff

    Hi Ver,

    Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

    Any retail partner labeled “Finder Verified” has confirmed relevant licenses and certification to ensure it’s a legitimate seller of these products. We have a reminder on our page advising you to take caution before ordering to protect yourself against price gouging especially for any retailers we’ve listed as “Unverified.” If you see retailers that are price gauging, you may report them directly to your state Attorney General.

    Kind Regards,
    Faye

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    JiggsMay 12, 2020

    I work in the construction field and due to covid-19, I am unable to find respirator masks. Do you know of any companies that sell to the construction field? I usually purchase the 3M 8271 mask.
    Thank you

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      emilyvillaMay 15, 2020Staff

      Hi Jiggs,

      A trusted N95 with a respirator is this 3M model, but you may struggle to find it in stock on trusted marketplaces. Please be wary of scammers and price gouging as you search for products on the web. We don’t have a respirator model available on Finder right now, but we will be working hard to find one. Thank you for writing in and best regards.

      All the best,
      Ems

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    MarioMay 11, 2020

    Can you recommend a manufacturer of N95 masks in Southern California?
    I’ve been volunteering with getusppe.org and we’ve had great results with donors.
    I would like to be one of those donors. I’d like to start a match program on my own where I can purchase masks in big quantities and donate them personally.

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      fayemanuelMay 12, 2020Staff

      Hi Mario,

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      I’m afraid we do not have a list of N95 manufacturers in Southern California. Also, the online stores listed on this page does not advertise where the masks are made. You may want to search through the FDA page to search for certified face mask manufactures in your states.

      Kind Regards,
      Faye

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    MikeMay 9, 2020

    I just received KN95 masks from your recommended vendor. From everything I’m reading online, I fear they may be counterfeit. I was going to use them in my dental practice. Should I use them? If not, do I have any legal recourse to get my money back?

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      MeiMay 10, 2020Staff

      Hello Mike,

      Thanks for contacting Finder and leaving a comment.

      I see you want to know if the masks you ordered from a merchant you saw on our page are legitimate and if you can use them for your dental practice.

      Finder staff has a 10-point compliance checklist that verified partners must go through. These merchants are then marked as “Finder Verified” once they are able to pass the checklist and provide supporting documents regarding their business and products. Finder Verified is a sign to you that our team has vetted a partner as a legitimate reseller of items our readers are interested in. We go the extra step to request samples of verified items to compare against the advertising.

      They are FDA Approved, however, mone of the masks our merchants sell are medical-grade (unless specified on their website). The N95 masks have been made in facilities that are FDA registered, but we are not medical professionals and cannot guarantee that these are all medical-grade.

      As for the refund, should you choose to return the products, we recommend that you read through the details of the Product Disclosure Statements/Terms and Conditions of the merchant for additional information regarding their refund process.

      Hope this helps.

      Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any other questions.

      All the best,
      Mei

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    AlexMay 8, 2020

    Like others have mentioned, these masks seem to be Chinese made and consumer confidence is low on China products. I have found really great options for masks that are reusable and made in America. Can you list American distributors such as that one so we can all make a better choice considering the amount of frustration from this COVID-19 pandemic?

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      MeiMay 9, 2020Staff

      Hello Alex,

      Thank you for leaving a comment and contacting Finder today.

      I see you want to check a list of American distributors for reusable masks.

      You may want to check this Finder page on where you can buy made-in-the-USA face masks.
      Please note that not every product available on these websites are necessarily made in the USA. Check the product description before buying to be sure.
      With these, we mean other products of these 3rd party websites, not just masks.

      Any retail partner labeled “Finder Verified” has gone through a 10-point compliance checklist by our staff, where we confirm the retailer’s relevant licenses and certifications to ensure it’s a legitimate seller of these products. Where possible, Finder staff have also placed an order and received a delivery to verify the product and shipping.

      Use caution and research for any retailers we’ve listed as “Unverified,” as you may run into 3rd party sellers on these sites that are not verified. Customers are reporting fraudulent masks, low-quality masks, long delays, or missing shipments altogether. Be careful about buying masks online.

      Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any other questions.

      All the best,
      Mei

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    RaymondMay 5, 2020

    Hello,

    I have been looking for N95 masks and came across your website. The only masks you refer are Chinese KN95 masks. Is this another Chinese website?

    Raymond.

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      fayemanuelMay 7, 2020Staff

      Hi Raymond,

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Finder (finder.com.au & finder.com) is not a Chinese website. We are a fintech company privately owned and self-funded, starting out in Australia in 2006. It is now the most visited personal finance comparison website in Australia and we’re launching around the world, with offices in:

      – Sydney, Australia
      – New York City, USA
      – London, UK
      – Toronto, Canada
      – Manila, Philippines
      – Wroclaw, Poland.

      The face masks advertised on our page is based on sellers available stocks or supplies.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind Regards,
      Faye

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