Jacob Osborn

10 Best Surgical Face Masks for COVID-19 | Man of Many

More than any other brand, 3M has emerged as the most trusted provider of surgical masks and respirators. The 8511 N95 is something of a gold standard in terms of everyday efficiency and prevention. It features a Cool Flow valve mechanism and delivers 95% filtration efficiency against certain non-oil-based particles and aerosols. Good luck finding one.

1. 3M 8511 N95 Respirator

Now that you’re self-isolating and social distancing, you can finally undertake that home improvement project you’ve been putting off. Enter this popular and adjustable non-toxic dust mask, which protects you from irritants and particles of both the indoor and outdoor variety.

2. SAS Safety 2985 Non-Toxic Dust Mask

You might see the words “antiviral face mask” and think all your prayers have been answered, but don’t get your hopes up just yet. While these surgical masks do host natural ingredients with antiviral properties, they’re only good for protection against specific types of viruses. That doesn’t include COVID-19. Still, these are some of the best surgical masks to keep around during flu season.

3. Curad Antiviral Face Mask

When all else fails, look for good old “N95.” A truly coveted designation, it represents both hard-earned federal approval and a high-efficiency particle filtration rating. Were we not in the midst of an international pandemic, these high-quality masks from 3M would be quite affordable.

4. 3M 8210 N95 Particulate Respirator

Bring out your inner Bane with this nylon-based dust mask. Popular amongst bikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and fitness freaks, it features velcro fastening and unique ventilation. It’s also washable for repeat use.

5. Coxeer Dust Mask

Comfort reigns supreme with these windproof face masks from Aooba, which protect you from droplets, smog, and dust, amongst other things. Made from a 2-layer cotton blend and featuring adjustable ear-loops, they won’t do you a lick of good in the fight against COVID-19.

6. Aooba Protective Face Masks

Will INTO THE AM’s bandana-style mask help prevent the spread of COVID-19? Hardly. But when this whole thing blows over, you’ll have one heck of a cool dust mask to wear at Coachella.

7. INTO THE AM Galaxy Face Mask Bandanas

FDA-approved, lightweight, and disposable, the Nuisance Dust Mask features a contoured design and double straps for a tight fit. It also comes in 50 per box so stock up and you might never run out. Use if to protect yourself from non-toxic particles, including sawdust and pollen.

8. DuraMask Double Strap Nuisance Mask

Delivering soft texture and a firm hold, these surgical masks provide several hours of particle protection. While much thinner than more expensive models, they get the job done under normal circumstances. Thanks to semi-flexible folds, the mask will properly cover the mouth and nose.

9. Dynarex 2201 Medical Surgical Face Mask

Want to be a local hero in these dark and troublesome times? Then track down a box of these high-grade medical masks and donate it to the nearest hospital. Just make sure the masks were manufactured in the last three years because they have a relatively short shelf-life.

10. 3M 1860 N95 Medical Mask

Presuming you’re an ordinary citizen and not a medical professional, the Aussie government suggests wearing a surgical mask or respirator only if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19. If not, they still advise against wearing a mask, citing Australia’s (current) low rate of transmission. On the other hand, you should probably protect your face even if that means settling for a DIY face mask or something of the like.

Do You Need to Wear a Surgical Mask?

The government is currently prioritising surgical masks for health care workers and with good reason. If you’re suspected of having COVID-19, then your primary care provider will give you a surgical mask and advise you on when and how to wear it. The same goes for those who have tested positive for the disease.

How to Get Surgical Masks

We said it before and we’ll say it again: consult a medical professional before wearing a surgical mask. You should also consider the following factors:

Medical Face Masks Buying Guide

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