Stay safe out there with the increase of the new COVID-19 variant while using these highly protective face masks.
Healthcare experts are Americans once again to consider wearing face masks while in public with the surge of COVID-19 cases.
In the past the "tripledemic" was the latest call for masks stemming from the increase in COVID-19 cases, RSV, and Influenza transmission. This time, the health experts are raising concern over the new variant. With no end in sight, we've been taking stock of the best ways to prioritize our safety and choose the right face masks for this situation.
Just as they did last year with COVID, public health authorities recommend steering away from cloth masks and switching to masks with air filtration systems while the smoke and haze persists. This is a prime time to stock up on some durable, protective masks — especially if you'll need to navigate any upcoming travels this fall and winter. If you're still feeling unsure about restrictions and the best mask recommendations, you can look through the CDC-approved list of masks and how to find them.
And if you're feeling overwhelmed by all the choices and are in need of some masks that are equal parts practical and protective, ET has compiled a list of our favorite N95 and KN95 mask options to buy online for protection against this wildfire smoke. Shop our picks below.
Best N95 Masks to Protect Against COVID-19
3M Personal Protective Equipment Particulate Respirator 8210 N95
Though this N95 mask was intended for professional use to keep out sawdust, sand and smoke, it's 95% filtration efficiency makes this disposable mask a great choice for protecting your face against the wildfire smoke.
BNX NIOSH Certified N95 Respirator Mask
We love the breathability and maximum protection of this structured face mask. Made with extra room for your nose and mouth and high-grade seals, this mask ensures that you can have your best fit to prevent eyeglass fogging or any breathing discomfort, all while staying thoroughly protected.
Fangtian NIOSH Certified Particulate Respirators Protective N95 Mask
This N95 face mask is made with non-woven melt-blown material to make sure you're getting the most efficient filtration for infection control.
MAGID N95 Respirator Masks with Metal Nose Clip & Latex-Free Elastic Headband
We know that safety is of the utmost importance, and with this masks's ultra sonic seals for optimal respiratory protection from airborne particles.
Harley Commodity N95 Masks
N95 face masks are hot items and these Harley Commodity N95 Masks are some of the best out there. (If you're concerned about buying a counterfeit mask, these are NIOSH approved n95 masks and Bona Fide is an authorized distributor.)
Best KN95 Masks to Protect Against COVID-19
MASKC KN95 Face Masks
MASKC masks are beloved by celebrities and for good reason: they're stylish and much better at COVID-19 prevention than a fabric mask. With breathable construction, these 3-dimensional respirator masks block droplets and airborne particles with 95% bacterial filtration efficiency.
FDA Listed High Protection KN95 Mask
Manufactured in an FDA Registered facility, these masks are breathable, recyclable, and are available in both adult and kid sizes. More colors include Coral, Denim, Blush, Seafoam, and Lavender.
Powecom KN95 Respirator Face Mask
Get masks made at the new KN95 standard with upgraded breathability with this Powecom KN95 disposable respirator mask from Bona Fide Masks.
Hotodeal KN95 Face Mask, 5 Layers Cup Dust Mask
Tired of your mask constantly falling down and exposing your nose? This 5-ply KN95 mask has all the filtration benefits, but it also has a fixed metal nose clip to ensure that it stays on for a safe and wearable fit.
ChiSip KN95 Face Mask, 5-Ply Cup Dust Safety Masks
These breathable KN95 face masks are made of two layers of non-woven cloth, two layers of fabric and one layer of hot air cotton. Plus, the inside is skin-friendly and made to absorb moisture from your breath to help facilitate easy and healthy breathing at all times.
barrière Tie-Dye KN95 Masks
5 individually sealed KN95 masks that feature an aluminum nose piece for a more secure fit.
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