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Where to buy N95, P2 and KN95 face masks online

What's the difference between these mask types and where can you buy them?

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Man wearing a P2 face mask on a street with heavy traffic
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Due to recent events, many stores are experiencing a shortage of certain products. Be aware that many retailers may currently be out of stock or have longer shipping times than usual.
 
Due to extraordinary demand and limited stock availability, some sellers are charging prices far above the average, also known as "price gouging". We encourage consumers to be vigilant about unusually high prices, and compare options before making a purchasing decision. Note that it is illegal for a business to make misleading claims about the reasons for price increases, and it's always a good idea to check online stores of reputable retailers (even if they're out of stock) to find reasonable and normal prices for products.

The World Health Organization's current advice is that you only need to wear a face mask if you have contracted COVID-19 or are treating someone who is sick. If you fall into those categories, here's what you need to know and where to buy masks.

Right now, P2 and N95 masks are out of stock at many retailers. However, the Chinese standard KN95 mask, which meets similar needs, is still available at some online stores. We're updating this list regularly to reflect availability, but if you genuinely need a mask it definitely pays to check multiple retailers.

Sites to buy P2, N95 and KN95 face masks online


KN95 mask

1. Clinical Supplies

Australian seller with Australia-wide delivery from Canberra warehouse. Deliveries are fully trackable via Pack & Send partners.

  • Local Australian seller
  • Range of masks available
  • Fully trackable delivery
Go to Clinical Supplies website

P2 3M mask

2. Amazon Australia

Since Amazon's Marketplace includes multiple sellers, stock levels and delivery times are very fluid. You may have a longer wait, but it's worth checking out if you can't find masks in stock elsewhere.

  • Free delivery on some items with Amazon Prime membership
  • Wide range available
  • See customer ratings before purchasing
Go to Amazon Australia website

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P2 Mask from eBay

3. eBay

Ebay has multiple sellers, so delivery times can vary. You can search by guaranteed delivery date to see which mask will reach you the fastest.

  • Wide selection available
  • Free delivery on some items with eBay Plus membership
  • Can sort sellers by estimated delivery date
Go to eBay website

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3M face mask

4. Kogan

Kogan is currently listing delivery dates from 13 April onwards. It offers masks from major brands such as 3M in packs of 20 or more.

  • Fast dispatch available on most products
  • Zip and Afterpay available
  • Kogan First members can get free shipping
Go to Kogan website

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Face mask

5. AliExpress

Find masks available on AliExpress in packs of up to 50 pieces.

  • First-purchase coupons available
  • Free shipping available on select products
Go to AliExpress website

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Face mask

6. GetaMask.com.au

GetaMask is part of the Australian-owned safety equipment supplier Minerva Safety.

  • P2, N95, KN95 available
  • Range of surgical masks available
  • Overnight delivery
Go to GetaMask.com.au website

OK to go with a cloth mask instead?

Cloth masks don't meet the performance requirements of N95, P2 or K95 masks, but can still provide a degree of protection. If you're looking for cloth masks as well, check out these options.

Australian Mask Specialist

1. Australian Mask Specialist

Cloth masks for basic protection against airborne droplet transmission. Australian-based shipper.

  • 4-ply for with active carbon filtration
  • Manufacture date on all masks (shelf life 3 years)
  • Universal size fitting
Go to Australian Mask Specialist website

What's the difference between a P2, FFP2, KN95 and N95 face mask?

Depending on your location, different face mask types are more widely used. For example, in the United States, N95 are common; in Australia and New Zealand you'll see P2 masks more often; in China, KN95 is the standard. Mask manufacturer 3M, which specialises in filtering facepiece respirators (FFR) masks, offers the following explanation of the main differences between each mask type.
Certification/Class
N95
FFP2
KN95
P2
Korea 1st Class
DS
Filter performance ≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 95%≥ 94%≥ 94%≥ 95%
Test agentNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaClNaClNaCl and paraffin oilNaCl
Flow rate85 L/min95 L/min85 L/min95 L/min95 L/min85 L/min
Total inward leakage (TIL) N/A≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage ≤ 8% leakage Inward Leakage measured and included in User Instructions
Inhalation resistance ≤ 343 Pa≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95 L/min)≤ 500 Pa (clogging)≤ 350 Pa≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)≤ 70 Pa (at 30L/min)≤ 240 Pa (at 95L/min)≤ 70 Pa (w/valve)≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate85L/minVaried – seeabove85L/minVaried – seeaboveVaried – seeabove40L/min
Exhalation resistance ≤ 245 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 250 Pa≤ 120 Pa≤ 300 Pa≤ 70 Pa (w/valve) ≤ 50 Pa (no valve)
Flow rate85L/min160L/min85L/min85L/min160L/min40L/min
Exhalation valve leakage requirementLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minN/ADepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 20 secLeak rate ≤ 30mL/minVisual inspection after 300L /min for 30 secDepressurization to 0 Pa ≥ 15sec
Force applied-245 PaN/A-1180 Pa-250 PaN/A-1,470 Pa
CO2 clearance requirementN/A≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%≤ 1%
Source: 3M

When should or shouldn't I use a P2, N95 or KN95 face mask in Australia?

According to the Australian Department of Health and the World Health Organization, the people who will benefit the most from use of a face mask are those who are already sick and healthcare workers who have close contact with sick people.

Masks are most effective when used in combination with frequent hand washing or use of an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

You can find out more information on when and how to use masks here on the World Health Organization's site.

Which of these retailers offer free delivery on P2, N95 or KN95 face masks?

  • eBay: Free delivery on eligible items with eBay Plus membership
  • Amazon Australia: Free delivery on eligible items with Amazon Prime membership
  • AliExpress: Free delivery on select items
  • Kogan: Free delivery on select items for Kogan First members

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