BRITS are coming together to do their bit to fight coronavirus, but many will be keen for extra protection, such as masks.
One option people are turning to is N95 surgical face masks, but where can I buy these and what protection do they offer?
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Where can I buy N95 surgical face masks?
UK Meds is offering FFP2 (N95-equivalent) surgical face masks for a price of £14.95.
You can also get a box of three masks for £37.50.
Folded unvalved and black folded valved masks are currently out of stock.
Amazon also offer a variety of different face masks, with the surgical models available for under £10 with free delivery.
eBay also sells a variety of surgical face masks.
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Do N95 face masks protect me from coronavirus?
The WHO recommends that only two groups of people should wear N95 face masks. These are:
- People who are sick and showing symptoms
- People caring for those with coronavirus.
Surgical masks are not recommended for the general public because they can become contaminated by other people’s coughs and sneezes or when putting them on and removing them.
Experts also say these masks can offer a false sense of security and frequent hand-washing and social distancing are more effective.
It is also recommended that only healthcare workers should be wearing the most protective N95/FPP2 and FPP3 masks.
Cheaper face masks made by reusable cloth are also not recommended and could increase chances of infection.
A spokesperson for Public Health England said there was little evidence of widespread benefit from wearing masks outside clinical settings.
“Facemasks must be worn correctly, changed frequently, removed properly, disposed of safely and used in combination with good universal hygiene behaviour in order for them to be effective.
“Research also shows that compliance with these recommended behaviours reduces over time when wearing facemasks for prolonged periods.”
However on April 1, WHO advisers said they would examine research that suggests their wider use does help to combat coronavirus.
What are N95 masks?
N95 masks are disposable face masks that are proven to filter the air to an industrial standard.
Manufacturers vary, but the N95 is a stamp from the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to show that it is efficient, which comes with a logo.
They are used to stop you from breathing in hazardous small particles, such as dust, mould or aerosol paint particles.
They generally have an eight-hour shelf life before becoming clogged depending on the work you’re doing.
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