Where To Buy Face Masks For Coronavirus, And What To Look For

How to purchase a face mask that can help you prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged all Americans to cover their faces while out in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, face masks have been in high demand.

In light of the medical profession’s shortage of face masks, it’s imperative that the general public refrains from buying the medical-grade face masks that health care workers so badly need. The next best option is making your own: DIY tutorials abound for no-sew and sewn face masks.

But for those who want to purchase masks, more and more brands have been producing them for mass consumption. We’ve featured some of the best below.

What to look for when buying a face mask

A new study has shown that some of the most effective materials for face masks ― when factoring in filtration and breathability ― are cotton, denim and canvas. All of the masks below are made of these materials. The study also shows that multiple layers of material are more effective at blocking coronavirus particles than just one single layer, and all of the masks below are made of at least two layers.

Here’s a very detailed guide to wearing a face mask correctly, but here are some key fundamentals:

One of the most important requirements of an effective face mask is that it covers your mouth and nose and fits snugly along all sides of your face ― you don’t want any gaps that’ll allow extra air or virus particles to flow in. Whether you choose a mask with a tie or elastic ear loops is up to you, but make sure the mask will adjust well to help the mask fit your face.

And if you wear glasses, you’ll especially want a snug fit along the top of your nose to prevent your lenses from fogging up. Look for masks made with metal pieces at the nose bridge, which can bend to your contours.

The masks featured below are all machine washable, and ideally you should wash and dry your mask after each time you use it in public.

Keep in mind that wearing a nonsurgical face mask cannot completely prevent you from contracting COVID-19 ― if anything, wearing a mask does more to prevent you from spreading the disease than it does to keep you from catching it.

The masks below were in stock at the time this story was first published, but keep in mind that demand is high. Many brands shift to preordering when they become low on stock, or have longer delay times after you place an order.

LA Made
LA Made
This brand sells several different five-packs of styles — tie-dye, for him, for her, stripes, etc. — in a reversible two-layer cotton blend fabric.

Get the LA Made Fun Pack of 5 for $50
Hedley & Bennett
Hedley & Bennett
These cotton face masks fully cover the nose and mouth and have a HEPA filter for an extra layer of protection. For every mask bought, the company will donate a mask to workers on the front lines.

Get The Wake Up And Fight Mask for $22
Tilit
Tilit
These are made from a recycled hemp and organic cotton blend, with latex-free elastic ear straps. Tilit is donating a mask for every one you buy.

Get a Tilit face mask for $18
Vida
Vida
This mask is made of two layers of 100% cotton, has adjustable straps and features an integrated metal nose-piece to ensure a snug fit. Each mask comes with a multilayer filter that should be replaced every seven days.

Get the Vida Protective Mask for $10
Nüage Designs
Nüage Designs
These 100% soft brushed cotton or cotton blend masks are washable and include an interior pocket for optional use of filters. There's also a bendable wire piece to make them fit snug to your nose. For every pack of masks purchased, Nüage donates one mask to relief efforts.
Get a Nüage Designs 3-pack of face masks for $30
Avocado
Avocado
This mattress company is making masks from two layers of 100% organic cotton canvas and two simple tie straps. They do not use elastic or plastic.

Get the Avocado 4-pack of face masks for $23
Sentry
Sentry
This accordion-folded mask is made of two layers of 100% woven cotton and has an embedded copper nose band that helps reduce eyewear fogging. A built-in pocket lets you add your own filter.

Get the Sentry face mask for $19
Los Angeles Apparel
Los Angeles Apparel
These are made of 100% cotton and feature an adjustable nose. Two straps worn around the head and neck can be tied and tightened to preferred fit.

Get the Los Angeles Apparel 3-pack of face masks for $30
Swaddle Designs
Swaddle Designs
Designed by a baby blanket company, these face masks are made of two layers of cotton flannel.

Get the Swaddle Designs cotton mask for $9.99
Take Care
Take Care
Made of quilter's cotton, this mask is designed to have a tighter fit on the face.

Get the Take Care 3-pack of face masks for $37.50
MaskClub
MaskClub.com
MaskClub allows you to either buy one mask at a time, or sign up for a subscription service where you get one mask a month for $9.99.

Get this MaskClub mask for $13.99

A HuffPost Guide To Coronavirus

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