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Where To Buy Face Masks In Singapore?

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With the Novel Coronavirus from Wuhan still looming over our shores, many are scrambling to stock up on surgical face masks. Whilst many pharmacies and shops are currently out of stock, the Ministry of Health says that they are working with retailers to push out these surgical face masks and the supply is sufficient if we use them sensibly and responsibly. Considering the ‘new normal’ situation, many are also looking for long-term alternatives and opting for reusable face masks. Here is the lowdown on the different types of masks available, each of their efficiency in combating this virus, and where to purchase them.

  • TYPES OF FACE MASKS:

    Surgical Face Masks
    The most commonplace face mask might very well prove effective in limiting the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. It can help you not contract or pass on respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose. This mask is meant to help block large-particle droplets and splatter from reaching the wearer's mouth and nose as well as reduce exposure of the wearer's saliva and respiratory secretions to others.

     

    N95 Masks
    Experts say that the N95 masks are not necessary to be worn to avoid the spread of this virus. Not only are they uncomfortable, but they are also proven to be ineffective in preventing the spread of respiratory symptoms. That being said, surgical marks only come in a standard size and are usually too big for the little ones. Our top pick is the AIR+, the world's first smart mask, N95-class protection, which features an ergonomic mask that pairs with an attachable ventilator for enhanced comfort. These masks come in 3 sizes and the smallest size is great for kids!

     

    Reusable Fabric/Cloth Masks
    Other than the above 2 types of disposable masks, some have opted to purchase fabric/cloth masks that are reusable, washable, breathable, and come in varied designs and sizes for both adults and kids. There are many brands in the market. We've listed the top places to purchase them from local retailers below!

  • WHERE TO BUY SURGICAL FACE MASKS:

    Watsons Singapore - currently out of stock online, but available in-stores at a limited quantity. Visit their Facebook page for updates.

    Guardian Singapore - currently out of stock online, but they are working with their suppliers to arrange for more stock and delivery to the various outlets. Check their Facebook page for updates.

    PPM Medical - call to request a quote.

    Pharmex Healthcare - all in stock online.

    FairPrice Supermarkets & Unity Pharmacy

    Cold Storage Supermarkets

    Amazon.sg

    Lazada

    Shopee

  • WHERE TO BUY REUSABLE FACE MASKS:

    CYC Tailor - with filter insert!

    Gill Mask - with a respirator! Available for adults and kids.

    Era Ora - buy one mask and another will be donated to charities in Asia.

    Maison Q - featuring their Masks for Good initiative that contributes to artisans and local Singapore community.

    Chubby Chubby - pretty designs.

    Oh Happy Fry - sunhats with face shields too!

    3M Singapore - available on Lazada.

    I Want The Missing Piece - reversible face masks available with any purchase.

    Oeteo - simple, white masks.

    ShieldMask+ - 4 layer protection.

  • HOW TO KEEP SAFE FROM THE COVID-19 VIRUS:

    1. Mask up!
    2. Wash your hands frequently and with soap.
    3. Cover nose with tissue when sneezing and dispose properly.
    4. Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds at wet markets.
    5. Avoid consumption of raw and undercooked meats.
    6. Avoid people with flu-like symptoms.

  • MORE INFORMATION:

    Ministry of Health Singapore - Updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus

    gov.sg - How is Singapore Limiting the Spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus?

    Ministry of Education Singapore - FAQs on the virus and its effects on schools in Singapore

    PRC National Health Commission - Updates from China on the virus

    World Health Organisation - Worldwide updates on the virus

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