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Where to find N95 Masks

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Nov 10, 2014
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Where to find N95 Masks

Hi All, I know N95 masks are impossible to find these days but I need some for home renovation work. As of today, Sept 16, 2020 does anyone know where I can buy N95 masks or what website should I be looking at when inventory does become available again. Thank you!
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Apr 10, 2019
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You need to hit up drywall supplier stores. All the drywallers these days can't find disposable masks so they're using a 3M half-face respirator (~$30) something like this https://www.uline.ca/BL_1092/3M-Half-Face-Respirators and disposable N95 filters (~$3 but sold in bulk) something like this: https://www.amazon.ca/10PCS-Particulate ... 9716560011 and a pair of cartridges ($20)

Fairly easy to find since most people don't want to look like even more of an idiot than wearing a disposable N95 in public.

Disclaimer I'm a contractor and this is the only thing they've been using since March.
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I havent found any N95 for ages, but have seen the KN95 at a lot of places. I got mine at Costco
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Just purchased 3M 8511 from https://bcfasteners.com, $44.05 / 10 pieces, grand total after shipping and taxes.
It has a valve, so I have to put a surgical mask on top of it to protect the people around.

From the 3M website: This respirator can help reduce inhalation exposure to certain airborne biological particles, such as mould, Bacillus Anthracis, and Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, but it cannot eliminate the risk of contracting infection, illness, or disease.

Other places I've recently seen disposable N95 respirators (to check from time to time):

https://www.globalindustrial.ca/
https://canada.newark.com/
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Global Industrial: my order which was supposed to be shipped 22 Sept now has no estimated delivery date. When I chatted with them, the rep told me that the dates on the website for shipping by postal code are wrong, and that several people had complained. He wrote that he will tell the webmaster to change this. My order shows shipping is a week out as the date moves forward one day at a time but no shipping notification so that means nothing is coming in the near future.
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Nov 18, 2016
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@blueraindrop Hi, Blueraindrop, did you order from newark canada? I placed an order for some 3M8210s, on the website it is said shipment would begin on the week of Nov 2. Now it has slipped to Nov 9. Is their ETA reliable? Thanks
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nyfbber wrote: @blueraindrop Hi, Blueraindrop, did you order from newark canada? I placed an order for some 3M8210s, on the website it is said shipment would begin on the week of Nov 2. Now it has slipped to Nov 9. Is their ETA reliable? Thanks
No, I haven't ordered yet from them.
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Nov 18, 2016
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Hi, has anyone received the 3M8200 from globalindustrial if they ordered them back in september? I saw the item was relisted as instock, but yesterday I contact the CS rep of the US website (CAN was not available during weekend) they said that they are not sure, since its directly shipped from manufacturer, but she saw in her system that the ETA was around Nov 6. If anyone has received it, how long did it take from placing order to shipping? Thanks
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P.S.: I contacted the customer service of globalindustrial, they said that the earliest optimist ETA is Dec 31 this year...
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Nov 18, 2016
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The ETA of 3M8210 plus on newark Canada has slipped to Feb 9, 2021. Disappointed But Relieved Face3M is producing around 95 millions of N95 masks per month, yet it still could not meet the demand...
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Nov 18, 2016
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There are some reports of counterfeit KN95 masks: https://kanecountyconnects.com/2020/04/ ... rketplace/. Especially items made in this shape/form, they could be manufactured by the same machine, but with a lower grade filtering material (melt blown cloths electrostatically charged) which could only filtre 90% 0.3um particles (since there's also a KN90 standard in China) or some even lower grade melt blown cloths which could filter even less. Without specialized tools, as consumers we cannot measure their efficiency. If these KN95 were counterfeit, it will only protect others (as cloth masks) but won't protect the wearer. Therefore the safest way is to buy 3M made in USA (or soon the made in Canada version, I heard they built production lines in ON) or The KN95 that were imported by proper companies with proper certifications and verified by Health Canada....
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Anyone have more information about these 3M 8210 N95?

Manitoba paid U.S. company $13M USD for N95 masks that failed fit testing requirements, lawsuit claims
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba ... -1.5787771
Masks can reduce spread of COVID-19 by 83.3% and keep economy open, wear one even after you are fully vaccinated.
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willyxjai wrote: I also found these at my local dollarama for $4 per mask nearby the checkout
Dollarama carries two different brands (Mirage and Medicare) of KN95 masks for $4 each. I found the Medicare fit my face better than the Mirage brand.

Earlier this week, I stopped by Walmart and saw that they sell KN95 masks as well. Didn't catch the name brand, but they go for $4.98 for a 2 pack.
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Mr_Fanta wrote: Dollarama carries two different brands (Mirage and Medicare) of KN95 masks for $4 each. I found the Medicare fit my face better than the Mirage brand.

Earlier this week, I stopped by Walmart and saw that they sell KN95 masks as well. Didn't catch the name brand, but they go for $4.98 for a 2 pack.
Do you wear your mask one timeÉ
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willyxjai wrote: Do you wear your mask one timeÉ
I wear my N95 and KN95 masks one time only. I specifically save these more expensive masks for my medical appointments at hospitals and clinics etc. Since I spent a fortune on stupid PPE this year, I also wear my non-medical disposable blue masks only once as well simply because I have enough.

The only masks that I wear more than once are my reusable/washable cloth masks which I have at least ten of them.
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Mr_Fanta wrote: I wear my N95 and KN95 masks one time only. I specifically save these more expensive masks for my medical appointments at hospitals and clinics etc. Since I spent a fortune on stupid PPE this year, I also wear my non-medical disposable blue masks only once as well simply because I have enough.

The only masks that I wear more than once are my reusable/washable cloth masks which I have at least ten of them.
Why only one time? I go through a rotation of 3 N95 masks and have been using the same 3 since the beginning. As long as you're very careful with the straps so the mask retains a tight fit and you leave them for 3 days after you wear them so COVID-19 can die off, then that's good enough.

Using a N95 mask once and then disposing it is a bit silly to me but maybe I'm missing something?

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OTOH, thanks for providing the list upthread for places to buy N95s. What is a good vendor in the list that will actually ship out/ 3M made N95s?
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Oct 19, 2020
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Lots of places have KN95s for a decent price now!
Dollar stores, gas stations - picked up a few at round $4 per piece
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Nov 18, 2016
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BYD care is now selling all its products with 20% off. Including its NIOSH certified medical level N95 (with greenish splash resistant non-woven cloth) (not KN95 which has earloops rather than headband).
https://bydcare.ca/store/ols/products/n95

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