How to know if your N95 mask is real

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 15 2020 02:40 PM

A drugstore in Eastwood City in Quezon City runs out of face masks as ash fall from Taal Volcano rained in Metro Manila on Jan. 12, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA -- The Department of Health warned the public Wednesday against purchasing fake or poor quality N95 masks, which had run out of stock in most stores after the eruption of Taal Volcano.

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo reminded the public to check the N95 masks that they buy, saying the respirators should be registered with the Food and Drug Administration.

“Ang purpose kasi ng N95 ay halos less than 1 percent ang particles na makakapasok other than air,” he told reporters in Malacañang.

(The purpose of the N95 is to allow less than one percent of particles other than air to enter.)

Here are some things to remember when buying an N95 mask:

- It should be stamped with the “N95” sign.
- It should be thick and rigid.
- It should be molded to the contour of the face.
- It should cover the nose and mouth properly.

Domingo also reminded the public that N95 masks should only be sold between P45 to P105 after the Department of Health imposed a price freeze on emergency medicines and medical supplies in all areas affected by the volcanic eruption.