The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nowas a voluntary health measure when you’re in crowded public places where social distancing isn’t possible, like the supermarket. With the , cloth coverings are the next best option.
Ifisn’t for you, there are some options for where to buy premade, nonmedical face masks, and what to look for when buying one. We’ll keep updating this list when we learn of new stores and sources.
When shopping for masks, look for one that’s made from cotton and has a filter pouch — pleated ones may offer more layers. It needs to be wide enough to cover your nose and chin, and should be snug enough not to create gaps. A tight fit will help keep out large particles that travel through the air, like from sneezes.
Remember to wash the mask before putting it on. You might want to buy multiple masks so that you always have a clean one on hand — you’ll need to wash it whenever you get home after.
Note that wearing a nonmedical face mask doesn’t exempt you from physical and— you still need to behave as though you’re not wearing one. And also be aware that nonmedical masks , which is why other precautions are so important. Here are some options for buying face masks and cloth coverings online.
Custom Ink is a printing company that creates customized gear for businesses and groups. Now, the company is using its resources to make protective cloth face masks. You can order a family pack of 12 for $30.
The printing company notes that these masks are for personal use and shouldn’t be worn in a surgical or clinical setting where the infection risk is high.
If you’re able to safely buy a homemade face mask from someone local, then Facebook Marketplace is a good place to find them. Make sure to follow your local guidelines about physical distancing when buying anything.
This includes standing at least six feet apart, so make arrangements to pick up the item from their porch or ask if the buyer can ship the item to help avoid contact. Wear gloves when collecting the mask and wash it immediately.
Also, if possible, use a mobile payment service to buy the products instead of exchanging cash, which could harbor germs or bring you into close contact with the seller. Some sellers offer a buy button so that you can pay online.
Shopping an Etsy store is another option if you’re looking to buy multiple face masks with different prints. It’s important to note that they do sell out quickly, so if you spot one you like, it might be best to buy it then.
Some sellers carry sizes for adults and kids, so make sure you check the size before buying the mask to make sure you’re getting one that fits.
Arm The Animals
If you want a mask that’s fun to wear and gives people joy when they see it, then try one from Arm The Animals. You can get a mask with a tiger face, cat or dog face and more. The company donates a mask to California hospitals, medical facilities and emergency workers each time one is purchased.
While there aren’t a ton of options on Amazon Handmade at the time of writing, it’s still a source for finding face masks. You’ll need to read the description to make sure you’re getting one that has multiple layers of cotton.
Many of these sellers are at capacity and working on orders that will take weeks to fulfill, so it’s possible that it could take up to a month to receive your shipment.
American Blanket Company
The American Blanket Company is selling fleece face masks, which are thicker than a standard face mask. The company is donating face masks to first responders and healthcare workers with every purchase. You can get a five-pack for $39.
MaskClub is a new company that’s donating medical-grade masks to First Responders Children’s Foundation for every mask sold. They offer designs like Batman, Adventure Time, Betty Boop and other designs that they hope will make kids more comfortable wearing them.
Ask local groups
If you don’t want to wait for items to be shipped, you can reach out to social clubs or religious groups you belong to and ask if anyone is making them. If your neighborhood uses Nextdoor or has a Facebook page, you can also post there to see if anyone can make you one — it’s considerate to offer to pay for their time.
Again, remember to wash the face masks before wearing them for the first time and after each use.
For more resources, here’s, and when you leave the house.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.