Disguise after the holidays? Buy these masks in stock now

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It’s a new year, and while we all wish COVID-19 were a thing of the past, it doesn’t look like it. Upon returning from holidays, many people are reusing masks to combat the surge in post-holiday cases, which we have seen happened last year and could happen again. What’s more, there is a new variant of COVID-19, XBB.1.5, that is five times more infectious than omicron and currently accounts for more than 40% of cases.

Since January is peak flu season and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases continue to rise, experts are calling it the “triple sickness.” Not surprisingly, some schools are implementing temporary masking initiatives to contain the spread of germs.

That’s a lot, but thankfully, experts say camouflage remains an effective way to protect yourself and others from contaminated particles. Health officials recommend that people choose N95 and KN95 masks, both of which have 95% filtration efficiency, meaning they are the gold standard when it comes to protection. If you’re looking for a mask to kick off the new year, here are some of the best mask options for adults and kids.

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Masks for children

Some schools introduce a temporary mask after the holidays.

Certified N95 and KN95 masks are almost non-existent for children’s sizes because the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) only regulates products intended for adults. However, there are many companies that make certified adult masks as well as children’s sizes. Always read their statements and credentials carefully and carefully and use your own judgment before purchasing.

From $1.04 at Well + to $13 at Bona Fide $35 at Vida

Masks for adults

Masks remain an effective means of preventing the spread of contaminated airborne particles.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all individuals older than two years of age wear a well-fitting mask if community rates of COVID-19 are high, regardless of vaccination status. Once upon a time, N95 and KN95 masks were hard to come by, but are widely available for purchase online and in stores.

From $1.39 at Well+ to $17.77 at Amazon $12 at Bona Fide $22.98 at The Home Depot

Additional report by Janelle Randazza and Felicity Warner

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