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Where to buy cloth masks online in Hong Kong
If you have contracted COVID-19 or are looking after someone who is ill, here's where you can find cloth face masks.
Some sellers will charge prices far above the average, also known as “price gouging”. We encourage consumers to be vigilant about unusually high prices, and compare options before making a purchasing decision.
The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to equipment shortages, especially when it comes to masks. While the advice for the general public is to hold off on buying masks due to a current shortage for medical workers, those who have contracted COVID-19 and those who are looking after the ill are asked to wear one.
Please check in with the Hong Kong Department of Health for up-to-date information on COVID-19 and here for information on the use of masks.
If you are having trouble getting a hold of P2 or N95 filtration masks, cloth masks are another option. We’ve rounded up a list of stores below to help you in your search for a quality mask.
Global online marketplace Etsy has a range of masks from third-party sellers on offer. As they are handmade, it is important to be mindful of quality when making a purchase.
- Free delivery on some items
- Goods are arty and different
- Products from local and international sellers are available
While longer delivery times may be the case, eBay lets you filter searches by guaranteed delivery date to make sure you can get your order as soon as possible if you’re in a hurry.
- Significant product range
- Buyer protection
- Easily buy in bulk and save money
- Competitive prices
- Sign up to eBay Plus and score free shipping and returns on millions of items
Prime members can rely on Amazon for quick and free shipping. With new items added to the site every day, there’s also a higher chance of finding high-demand products, but you’ll want to ensure that you’re buying from a reputable seller.
- Long established online provider with secure website
- Secure payments system
- Sign up to Amazon Prime and get free shipping and returns on millions of items
- Bulk buy items and save cash
- It’s unlikely the sellers will ever run out of stock here
Yoins have high quality face masks that are fashionable and affordable. There are florals, windproof and dustproof masks, mask caps and bulk buys.
- Free shipping on orders over US$50
- Great range to choose from
- Student discounts
At DLY Diary you get a range of cloth face masks and sanitary products. There are also reusable N95 masks with protective filters, and full face cover masks with visor shields.
- Free shipping on orders of US$300 and above
- Fast delivery
- Great customer service
AliExpress is a global marketplace with a wide variety of items available from third-party sellers. Note that some buying options may take several weeks to arrive, depending on the country of origin.
- Free delivery from selected sellers
- Everything you need for health, the home, cleaning, sanitation, beauty and more
- Easy to use site
- Discounts and vouchers are available, and there are regular sales
Get everything you need for home, health, office, beauty and more here. Ubuy has an assortment of cloth, cotton and disposable face masks at reasonable prices. Buy as singles or in bulk packs of 50 or 100. There are sizes to suit men, women and children.
- Everything you need for health, hygiene, home, pantry, pets, electronics, work, fashion and beauty is all at the one place
- Excellent variety of products
- Worldwide shipping
- Easy to use website
If you’re looking for a protective face mask to protect yourself or your little ones against the threat of infection, this store is a must-visit. PatPat is an innovative online destination that specialises in stylish clothing for little ones and offers a great range of cloth face masks too.
- Free shipping when you spend $HK269.23 or more
- Sign up to the newsletter and be the first to hear about sale events, new styles and more
- 30-day returns policy, even in change of mind cases
Which of these retailers offer free delivery?
- Etsy: Free delivery on some items
- eBay: Free delivery from selected sellers
- Amazon: Sign up to Amazon Prime and get free shipping and returns on millions of items
- Yoins.com: Free shipping on orders over $50
- DLY Diary: Free shipping on orders of US$300 and above
- AliExpress: Free shipping from selected sellers
- PatPat: Free delivery for orders over $HK269.23
Will a cloth mask protect me?
While a cloth mask won’t guarantee the same level of effectiveness as an N95 or KN95 mask with a valve, the cloth is there to prevent moisture from breathing and coughing travelling too far in the air. They also serve as a good reminder to stop touching your face.
How to make your own face mask
If cloth or N95 masks are hard to find or out of stock online, consider sewing your own. If you have a small swatch of fabric about the size of a napkin, shoelaces, scissors, and a needle and thread, you can make a mask without additional supplies.
How to remove your mask properly
First, be sure to 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, because it could be contaminated. Instead, remove it by pulling the bottom strap over the back of your head, followed by the top strap. Discard the mask and then wash your hands with soap and water.
What’s the difference between P2, N95 and KN95 face masks?
The difference lies in the testing requirements for each country of origin. P2 masks adhere to Australian and New Zealand testing standards, KN95 to Chinese requirements and N95 to US guidelines. All offer nearly the same level of protection, with some slight performance differences, as outlined by respirator company 3M.
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