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These high-quality masks are only $2.50 a piece right now. (Photo: Amazon)
Masks are as crucial as ever to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But it’s tough to know which shows are the most effective. We’re not talking about the cute fabric masks emblazoned with the name of your favorite band. We’re talking about KN95 acts—the covers the CDC specifically recommends you wear in high-risk situations (say, on public transportation) to protect from possible transmission. Powecom is one of the only KN95 mask brands recommended by the FDA, and they’re on sale for $12 (was $19) for 10 at Amazon. And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
Shop it: Powecom KN95 Masks (10-pack), $12 (was $19), amazon.com
“N95s?” you ask. Close, but not exactly. N-95 masks are the next level up from KN95s, but they should still be reserved for healthcare workers. That’s why buying KN95 masks is the smart move.
Does the brand matter? Yes, according to the FDA, it does. Read more on this below.
Understanding the N95 / KN95 connection
A face mask that’s both comfortable and FDA-approved. (Photo: Amazon)
KN95 masks are very similar to N-95 acts, Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist, and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, tells Yahoo Life. In fact, during the early days of the pandemic, when medical-grade masks were in particularly short supply, the FDA granted what’s known as ’emergency use authorization’ for KN95 covers—meaning they could be used in hospitals.
But not all brands of KN95 masks are created equal. After researching effectiveness, the FDA recently removed its emergency use authorization for several manufacturers of KN95 shows. Powecom masks made it through the tests. They’re approved by the FDA and officially included on the FDA Emergency Use Authorization List. Like the others on the list, the Powecom KN95 mask is confirmed to filter out 95 percent of particles or more.