Counterfeit N95 masks manufactured in China have been a problem since May. The market is flooded with them now, including Amazon. Millions of counterfeit N95 masks were purchased by 5 states. I don’t know if they checked the FDA EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) list or the CDCs list of NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approved manufacturers to see if they were legitimate before purchasing them.
N95 Face masks I recently purchased
I purchased NIOSH approved N95 masks, without valves, from one of the manufacturers in this article. I will be using them instead of my KN94 and KN95 masks when I need more protection.
I purchased them from Beilcor and received the masks within a week. The mask I purchased, “201”, had “behind the head” loops, which make the masks fit better than ear loops but only had one size. The masks were “softer” and much more comfortable than my old N95 masks. Other models were out of stock. There were over 100 reviews. None were negative but had some useful comments.
Another manufacturer, Demetech, had 2 sizes of masks in two styles, cupped and folding. I plan on trying them as I liked the folding KN95 masks as they are more convenient as I take my mask off and on.
At the same time, small manufacturers can’t sell their inventory due to the “ingrained purchasing habits of hospital systems, medical supply distributors and state governments”. Can’t Find an N95 Mask? This Company Has 30 Million That It Can’t Sell. I have been reading about this problem since May.
What is NOISH?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. The N95 masks in this post are approved and regulated by NIOSH and have been in use for decades. About NIOSH from CDC website.
Relevant links from This Blog – lots of detailed information
- KN94, KN95 and Elastomeric Respirators: What and Where to Buy February 4, 2021
- Surgical and Cloth Face Masks – What to Buy and Where to Purchase February 4, 202