3M N95 particulate respirator mask
N95 Masks are the only masks in short supply and should be used by healthcare and medical professions only.
What is not widely known is that unless this mask is fitted properly the mask provides very little protection.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, these masks sold for about $0.15 each in March – In July 2020, these masks in part because of short supply have been sold as high as $3.00 each. Mask manufacturers pushed up the capacity and raised the mask prices.
Procedural are roughly identical to surgical masks, but are not sterile.
They come in three levels of protection called ASMT.
When worn snuggly with zero gaps between face and outside air:
Level 1 is not meant for fluid blocking and has 95% efficacy against bacterial spread.
Level 2 is meant to block bodily fluid transmission and has 98% efficacy
Level 3 is meant for aerosol and has 98% efficacy
The mask frame is designed to wear outside of a standard mask and be used indefinitely. We recommend ASTM level 2 procedural masks which we also offer for sale here.