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Joe Tornatzky

Editor’s Note: This is an updating list, with new brands making cloth and fabric face masks every day.

Hospitals are fighting a battle. There’s a dangerous shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks and N95 masks which healthcare workers desperately need in the fight against coronavirus. These medical-grade masks help shield these vital workers from bacteria and viruses which can be transmitted through the air, via moisture droplets in which the novel coronavirus survives.

Unfortunately, droves of non-health workers are buying these masks for themselves in bulk. This panic buying further depletes the shortage, ultimately forcing healthcare workers to re-use PPEs and even use alternatives like scarves and bandanas, neither of which the CDC recommends. This leads to a greater risk of infection and puts health workers at a major disadvantage when confronting coronavirus patients daily. If these vital workers get sick, they’re unable to work and possibly get their patients and coworkers sick.

In a recent article published on Refinery29, Shannon Sovndal, MD, an EMS medical director based in Boulder, Colorado recommend that everyone wear a face mask. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has also discussed the possibility of advising the general public to wear masks daily. This has the potential to make the current shortage of medical-grade face masks much worse.

Apparel brands like Everlane, Buck Mason and Los Angeles Apparel have heard the call and have been driven to help, pivoting their factories and sewers to produce masks for purchase and for donating to hospitals. Though many of these masks are not CDC-approved, there have been studies that suggest these are better than nothing at all, with common household materials being up to 96 percent effective in filtering out harmful particulates.

These non-medical grade masks provide some protection to the general public while helping to allocate the sorely-needed CDC-approved surgical and N95 face masks to first responders and medical workers. Though plenty of home sewers and even healthcare professionals have provided DIY instructions for making your own masks at home, if you have the means to afford to buy a mask, here are some brands making and donating masks.

The CDC updates its guidelines and recommendations on masks regularly. To read the latest guidelines, click here.

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Anti-Microbial Face Mask 5-Pack

Buck Mason buckmason.com

$20.00

Face Mask

Kiriko kirikomade.com

$25.00

Advanced Nanotech Premium Face Mask

Space Mask shopspacemask.com

$19.00

UA Sportsmask

Under Armour underarmour.com

$30.00

Facemask

Diop weardiop.com

$15.00

Street Mask

Mystery Ranch mysteryranch.com

$16.00

AIRism Face Mask (three-pack)

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$14.90

The 100% Human Woven Face Mask 5-Pack

everlane everlane.com

$25.00

Natural Silk Face Mask

Chrissy Wai Ching etsy.com

$25.00

Jarhead Mask

Runabout Goods runaboutgoods.com

$45.00

Polygiene ViralOff Archetype Face Mask

686 686.com

$26.95

2-Pack Silver Mask

silver mackweldon.com

$32.00

Reusable Reversible Face Mask (3 pack)

Levi’s levi.com

$15.00

Merino Wool Face Mask

Huckberry huckberry.com

$15.00

Customized Triple‑ply Cotton Face Mask

Custom Ink customink.com

Los Angeles Lakers FOCO Cloth Face Covering (three-pack)

Fanatics fanatics.com

$24.99

Indigo Tie-Dye Mask 3-Pack

Outerknown outerknown.com

$30.00

100% Cotton Face Mask

Ahluwalia x SCOOP.T ahluwaliastudio.com

£41.00

Filtered Patterned Mask (three-pack)

Alex + Nova nisolo.com

$39.00

3-Ply Reusable Face Mask (three-pack)

EnerPlex amazon.com

$18.95

Neoprene Face Mask

American Trench americantrench.com

$12.50

Grid + Stripes Mask (1+1 Donation)

Minna minna-goods.com

$15.00

Floral Painting Black Face Mask

profound profoundco.com

$6.00

Made to Move Mask 3 Pack

Athleta athleta.gap.com

$25.00

Non-Medical Face Masks (three-pack)

Madewell madewell.com

$20.00

Triple-Layer Cloth Face Masks (five-pack)

Old Navy oldnavy.gap.com

$12.50

Birdie Reversible Mask (Buy One/Give One)

Birdwell birdwell.com

$19.95

Organic Cotton Face Masks

Avocado avocadogreenmattress.com

$30.00

2-ply Reusable Face Mask

Bella + Canvas bellacanvas.com

$3.99

Upcycled Gingham Mask Pouch Set

Re/Done shopredone.com

$300.00

Fabric Mask Set

Baggu baggu.com

$32.00

Bisous Masks (four-pack)

Clare V. clarev.com

$35.00

Tie Face Mask (four-pack)

Winter Session winter-session.com

$48.00

Together x Garcia Mask

keen keenfootwear.com

$20.00

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