WASHINGTON (7News) — As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering updating its mask guidance due to the spread of the omicron variant, scammers online are selling counterfeit N95 and KN95 masks.
The CDC says as people decide to upgrade their cloth masks to masks with a level of higher protection, like KN95 and N95, they should be careful and do their research before buying anything online.
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The agency reported that about 60% of N95 or KN95 masks in the market are counterfeit and do not meet the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) requirements.
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Per the CDC, here's how to identify a NIOSH-approved respirator:
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Signs that a respirator mask may be counterfeit:
The CDC has a full list of approved and non-approved masks here.