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Here’s Where You Can Buy A Face Mask Online Right Now

Forbes Personal Shopper

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To be crystal clear, wearing a face mask does not ensure you will not contract the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, which has already at the time of this writing sickened millions and killed hundreds of thousands around the globe. What wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth can do is greatly limit the chance that you contract the virus or that you spread it to others if you are infected — a possibility even if you are asymptomatic.

Because COVID-19 is spread primarily by the small droplets expelled during a sneeze or cough but can even be transferred by regular exhalation or speaking in close proximity, wearing masks, along with gloves and proper hand washing, are an essential way to give yourself the best chance of staying safe and of doing your part for the greater public health fight against this virus. That is, they give you the best chance of staying safe and limiting spread if you must go out at all. Better yet? Just stay home for now.

If that’s not an option, your next best move is to put on some gloves, leave the medical grade N95 respirators for medical personnel, and strap on a face mask like one of those from our list below. This list is updated with new masks as others begin to sell out. And even with a mask and gloves, keep your social distance out there.

Reformation L.A. Protects 5X Masks

Reformation L.A. Protects 5X Masks

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Made in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, the five cloth masks you’ll get with man order from Reformation are soft and comfortable enough for extended wear and they can be washed and re-used many times. You can’t pick the color or pattern you’ll get, but you can count on the masks looking as good as any you’ll find out there right now, being stitched by a company usually devoted to high fashion, high quality women’s wear. (And as it’s a company devoted to fast fashion, often going from garment design to production in a month, it’s little wonder they were able to pivot so quickly to making good masks.)

Onzie Mindful Masks 2-Pack

Onzie Mindful Masks 2-Pack

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These non-medical face masks from Onzie nonetheless provide excellent protection for you against potentially viral droplets on the air and from you for others if yourself might be sick. These masks are multi-layered and include an exterior made largely from spandex as well as elastic ear bands; paired together, these two stretchy components help ensure a snug fit. Again here you can’t pick the print of your masks, but all of the brand’s offerings feature muted colors and pleasing, largely abstract graphics.

Pegasos Disposable 3-Ply Face Masks

Pegasos Disposable 3-Ply Face Masks

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If you are buying masks for the whole family (or other group) or if your work necessitates frequent contact with people (but in a non-medical setting — think deliveries, for example), then a bulk order of disposable masks is the way to go. These masks work out to a dollar fifty per mask, much cheaper than buying lots of reusable masks for a small group, and for people who remain on the job even during the pandemic, a disposable mask offers the best way to ensure you leave any potential pathogens well away from your home when you remove and dispose of your mask.

Alice and Olivia StaceFace Protective Face Mask

Alice and Olivia StaceFace Protective Face Mask

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Not only is the Alice and Olivia StaceFace Protective Face Mask a decent price for a washable, re-usable face mask when compared to similar offerings from many other companies, but for every cloth mask they sell, the brand is also donating a mask to a community in need. The masks are made of a “jersey” fabric (96% viscose and 4% elastane) so they are soft and flexible. The playful exterior design — images of a woman who likely goes by the name Stacey — help add a bit of lightheartedness to a situation that’s hardly comical.

Los Angeles Apparel Facemask3

Los Angeles Apparel Facemask3

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The fabric face masks produced by Los Angeles Apparel have extra long tie straps, so you can ear them around your ears or with one band around the neck, the other over the top of the head, thereby reducing the chaffing behind the ears so many people have found to be an issue. The masks are made 100% from cotton save for a small metal band inserted where the masks crosses the bridge of your nose that allows it to be form-fitted to your face, adding better protection. They can be washed and reused multiple times.

Homasen Safety Face Shield

Homasen Safety Face Shield

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While a mask that covers the nose and mouth is critical for helping ensure you don’t spread a virus when you cough, sneeze, or breathe, and does much to keep pathogens out of your system, a covering for your entire face is a must-have if you are quite likely to be exposed to sick people. This sturdy full face shield can block the droplets expelled by a sick patient from reaching your face, and when worn in tandem with a mask over the eyes and nose, greatly increases your chances of staying healthy. The face shield can be sanitized and reused over and over again, and it can be raised out of the way without fully removing the shield as needed.

Casetify Reusable Cloth Masks

Casetify Reusable Cloth Masks

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Your purchase of a reusable cloth mask from Casetify, a company usually known for tech hardware accessories like Apple Watch bands or phone cases, will trigger a donation of a mask to a healthcare worker on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. It will also of course get you a sturdy, washable cloth mask that comes with two removable filters that add to its efficacy.

NBA Branded Cloth Face Mask

NBA Branded Cloth Face Mask

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The NBA season may be off for 2020 but you can still show your team spirit while also staying safe (and protecting others) with NBA team branded face masks. The 100% cotton masks have soft, hand screen printed team logos and can be washed repeatedly as needed. Every team in the National Basketball Association is represented.

Custom Ink Basic Cloth Face Mask

Custom Ink Basic Cloth Face Mask

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These unique face masks from Custom Ink are made without sewing; instead, the entire mask is cut by machine, with cutouts for your ears instead of loops attached to a mask. There are two sets of ear cutouts so people with varying head size can use the masks, which are made from a blend of cotton and spandex and have the feel of a soft jersey-style T-shirt.

Sanctuary Fashion PPE Masks

Sanctuary Fashion PPE Masks

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The face masks you get from Sanctuary Clothing are about as fashionable as this particular accessory can hope to be. Most feature variations on a camo pattern, though some have leopard or floral prints as well. The one size fits all masks feature a band of metal at the nose bridge and come with a fabric filter insert.

Emilia George Sustainable Face Masks

Emilia George Sustainable Face Masks

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The colorful face masks from Emilia George are made from 100% Cupro, a fabric produced by recycling cotton fibers and with a soft feel not unlike silk. The masks feature tieable ear bands so you can create a custom fit for your head and fit them to many different users. They can be washed and dried repeatedly.

Mask Club Face Masks

Mask Club Face Masks

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As the full scope of the coronavirus pandemic became clear, the founders of MaskClub.com went from concept to the start of production in less than a week. They offer masks in dozens of prints, including kid friendly designs (think Care Bears) as well as superhero logos, American flags, and more. The masks feature a soft microfiber interior lining.

Smoko Face Mask

UWU Face Mask

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The cloth masks currently under production and soon to be sold by Smoko are similar to those made by many other companies — they’re washable and reusable, they have elastic ear straps, and they have a pocket for a filter insert and a metal band that can be adjusted for a snug fit at the nose. Where these masks differ is in their charming designs. The soft colors and cute prints on the polyester exteriors make the wearer look friendly and approachable even in these strange times.

Naturepedic Organic Cotton Face Mask 6-Pack

Organic Cotton Face Mask

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The contoured face masks offered by Naturepedic provide plenty of coverage, easily spanning from the bridge of the nose to well below the chin for most adult wearers. The straps are not highly elastic but they can be cinched for a secure fit, ensuring the mask stays snug. And as the materials used are all organic, users need not worry about irritation from chemicals. (Though of course a cotton allergy would be an issue.) At $39 for six, or $6.50 per mask, these are an affordable option for a reliable reusable mask that can reduce the chance for the spread or contraction or the virus.

FOCO Sports Team Face Masks 3-Packs

Americana 3-Pack Face Mask

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Professional sports have all but disappeared in America during the coronavirus outbreak, and with good cause: stadiums bring crowds together in closed environments and are filled with the shouts and cheers of impassioned fans — a better place for viral spread could highly be designed. But thanks to face masks sold by Foco, fans of just about every NBA and WNBA team can show their team spirit while also staying safe. Foco is selling three-packs of face masks branded with logos and colors of the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavs, the Washington Mystics, the Toronto Raptors, and many others. The masks are predominantly polyester and feature elastic ear straps and an interior pouch that can be fitted with a filter, though you need to buy that separately.

Cubcoats Kids Face Masks

Cubcoats Kids Face Masks

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Cubcoats was known for making soft hoodie sweatshirts that could be stuffed into themselves to make dolls ranging from Frozen’s Elsa or Anna to Wookies from Star Wars to charming animals. Then the virus hit, and they, like many brands, changed gears and started making masks.

What sets this company apart is that their masks are adorable: they feature little animal snouts. This cuteness is hardly superficial; in fact, it’s imperative. Masks can make people look scary to kids and wearing one can be an unsettling experience, so the charming look of these washable, reusable dual-layer cotton masks will greatly ease the challenge parents face as they help their kids stay safe in these strange times. The masks have adjustable ear loops so they should be able to fit most kids age five and up with ease.

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