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The World Health Organization recommends wearing a protective face mask or respirator if you’re sick, taking care of someone who’s sick or are in a crowded place where it’s impossible to maintain social distancing. Depending on where you live in Canada, you may actually be required by law to wear a face mask when out in public.
If you want to wear masks more often or need to outfit a group of people (like your employees) in protective gear, buying in bulk can save you time and money.
We’ve gathered a list of reputable retailers that sell different kinds of face masks and respirators online, making it easy to buy what you need from the comfort of your own home. Some sellers even offer volume discounts and free shipping deals, which we’ve also listed.
If you’re just buying for yourself or your family, check out our guide on where to buy regular quantities of face masks online.
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If you’re buying masks for a group of people (for example, employees in an essential services workplace), bulk buying may be cheaper and more efficient in the long run. Each item typically costs less when you bulk buy because retailers often offer discounts for volume purchases.
Additionally, if you or a group of people are wearing masks more frequently, your supply will get depleted much more quickly. Bulk buying saves you the trouble of having to make frequent shopping trips. Going out less may reduce the risk of getting infected by, or passing infections to, others.
Although these terms are often used interchangeably, technically, they refer to different products. “Respirators” (such as N95 masks) are designed to fit snugly on the wearer’s face and prevent airborne particles from passing in and out of the material. Respirators can be disposable, half-face or full-face.
“Face masks” are designed to fit more loosely around the nose and mouth and don’t offer the same two-way protection as respirators. Nevertheless, face masks are still supposed to protect the wearer from spreading large droplets, splashes or spit to others.
It depends on where you live. Certain cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston in Ontario have implemented bylaws requiring people to wear face masks when in public. Outside these jurisdictions, businesses and other organizations may still exercise the discretion to require customers and employees to wear face masks. In some regions, wearing a mask is mandatory when riding public transit.
The consequences for failing to follow regional rules usually involve stiff fines ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
It’s expected that more cities will consider adopting similar bylaws in the future to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as per the World Health Organization’s recommendations. Previously, the WHO had issued a statement advising governments to request that people wear fabric face masks in public.
Take a look at this helpful page on the Government of Canada website to learn more about masks that offer the best protection during COVID-19. You can also learn about when and how to use masks from on the World Health Organization’s site.
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. Use this quick guide to help you decide which kind of face mask best fits your needs.
|Mask type||Who is it best for?||Description||How long does it last?|
|N95, KN95 respirator masks||Healthcare workers||Blocks 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 or caring for someone who is sick||Protects wearers from infecting others. Usually made of three layers of melt-blown fabric.||Intended to be discarded after every use.|
|Cloth face masks||The general population when in a public space (particularly when it’s hard to socially distance from others)||Typically 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.|
Learn about the features and specs of different types of masks, plus find out where to shop for these masks using our detailed guides below.
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