After a severe shortage in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are now thousands of different types of masks available on the market. Since April, CDC has tested hundreds of different brands. The table below shows some of the top-performing masks based on the most important measure - filtration efficiency. While big names like 3M and Honeywell performed very well in these tests, some lesser-known names came out on top.
According to the New York Times, initial research indicates the Covoid-19 B.1.1.7 variant is 35-45% more transmissible and 40-60% more lethal. In Europe, due to the rapid spread of the variants, governments are mandating medical-grade masks in public spaces such as airports and mass transit.
“The overall picture is one of something like a 40 to 60 percent increase in hospitalization risk, and risk of death,” Neil Ferguson, an epidemiologist and scientific adviser to the British government
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry from the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry at the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof, has made KN95 masks her PPE of choice and has been photographed with these masks often in the last several months. Powecom seems to be her go-to KN95 brand while she has also been photographed with other KN95 masks with no clear brand identification.
At SeattlePPE, we have curated a selection of the highest-ranked medical-grade N95 and KN95 masks according to the CDC tests. Over the past several months, we have supplied these masks to hospitals, retirement communities, businesses and the general public. In addition, we’ve donated tens of thousands of masks to nonprofit organizations in the state of Washington. Your purchase will allow us to continue giving back to those in need during these difficult times. Save an extra 15% now with our Healthy 2021 sale - code HEALTHY15.