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Where to buy DS2 and DL2 masks in the Philippines

DS2 and DL2 masks are the Japanese equivalent to P2 masks.

The World Health Organization recommends wearing a face mask if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or if you are a healthcare professional treating patients with a suspected COVID-19 infection. There are several types of masks available in the Philippines.

What are DS2 and DL2 masks?

DS2 and DL2 are Japanese standards for dust masks. DS2 and DL2 masks are disposable and consist of a filter, facepiece and headband. They filter the air as you inhale and release exhaled air through an exhalation valve.

Both masks filter over 95% of particles. The only difference between the masks is the method used to test their filtering efficiency.

DS2 masks

  • Tested using solid salt (sodium chloride)
  • Filters more than 95% of airborne particles

DL2 masks

  • Tested using liquid dioctyl phthalate
  • Filters more than 95% of airborne particles

Can I get DS2 and DL2 masks in the Philippines?

While you can technically order DS2 and DL2 masks online from Japan, they’re not widely available. It’s much easier to find the Philippine equivalent, P2 masks.

P2 masks offer the same level of protection and filtration and are much more widely used in the Philippines.

Where to buy P2 masks online

PS2 mask

1. Lazada

Lazada offers a huge range of products including personal care items, electronics and appliances.

  • Exclusive vouchers when you shop using the Lazada app
  • Cash on delivery available on selected items
  • Free shipping on minimum spends
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PS2 mask

2. eBay

eBay offers a huge range of products including dust masks, surgical masks and other types of personal protective devices.

  • Wide selection available
  • Free delivery on some items
  • Bulk purchases possible

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man wearing face mask

3. AliExpress

Browse a range of masks, respirators and protective equipment at AliExpress.

  • First-purchase coupons available
  • Free shipping available on select products
  • Plenty of sellers to choose from
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PS2 mask

4. Amazon

Amazon sells both P2 and N95 masks.

  • Free delivery on some items with Amazon Prime membership
  • Wide range available
  • See customer ratings before purchasing
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Which of these retailers offer free delivery?

  • eBay: Free shipping for select sellers
  • Amazon: Free shipping for Amazon Prime members
  • Lazada: Free shipping for select sellers

What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?

Depending on your location, different face mask types are more widely used. For example, in the United States and Canada, N95 are common; in Australia and New Zealand you'll see P2 masks more often; in China, KN95 is the standard. Mask manufacturer 3M, which specialises in filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) masks, offers the following explanation of the main differences between each mask type.
Korea 1st Class
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 – seeabove85L/minVaried – seeaboveVaried – seeabove40L/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%
Source: 3M

Each mask is also subject to various regulatory standards around the world which means that, depending on where you live, one particular type of mask will be the most common. In Australia and New Zealand, for instance, the P2 mask is the most common, while in China and the Philippines, it is the KN95 mask.

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