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Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks are still a daily necessity for many. Although reusable cloth masks have worked well so far, many experts are now recommending switching to masks that meet some sort of efficiency standard, such as an N95 or KN95, for added protection as more variants contagious are spreading in the United States.
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N95 face masks are at least 95% effective in filtering the air you breathe. They are regulated in the United States by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and will be labeled as such, making them easier to recognize as genuine. KN95 face masks are also at least 95% effective, but are made in China and meet Chinese standards. They’re more widely available than N95s and many find their flexible design more comfortable, but it can be difficult to tell genuine masks from counterfeits because they’re not made or certified in the United States.
To help readers find the best products, we’ve tested and reviewed KN95 face masks to look for signs of counterfeit products and help you find legit KN95s online. We also reached out to major N95 manufacturers like 3M and Kimberly-Clark to confirm which online websites were authorized retailers. Finally, we’ve limited this list to Amazon-only options, as the online retail giant is a major source of available masks.
N95 face masks available on Amazon
KN95 face masks available on Amazon
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