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What We Are Doing

Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the med­ical sup­ply chain for crit­i­cal sup­plies has been pushed beyond capac­i­ty. In response to sud­den and unprece­dent­ed need, Wat­son has repri­or­i­tized our oper­a­tions to pro­vide med­ical sup­plies, like face masks, to those fight­ing this pan­dem­ic. We’re begin­ning to take orders today. 

Face Masks Avail­able Immediately

We cur­rent­ly have face masks avail­able. Med­ical pro­fes­sion­als around the world have found these effec­tive in reduc­ing trans­mis­sion. Please read more about the uses of this type of mask here. 

  • Dis­pos­able 3-lay­er face­masks (also called iso­la­tion masks or med­ical pro­ce­dure masks)
  • Par­tic­u­late fil­ter is test­ed at >98% bac­te­r­i­al fil­tra­tion effi­cien­cy, meet­ing FDA test­ing standards.
  • Polypropy­lene non-woven fab­ric, melt-blown fil­ter, nose strip 

After years of expe­ri­ence, Wat­son has devel­oped a robust sup­ply chain that ful­fills thou­sands of orders around the world each week. We have long-stand­ing rela­tion­ships with our sup­pli­ers in Chi­na, who have con­vert­ed pro­duc­tion to med­ical sup­plies in the fight against COVID-19. Our goal is to pro­vide masks to those who need them most at the low­est cost possible. 

Under­stand­ing the Difference

Face Masks Ref­er­ence on FDA

N95 res­pi­ra­tors and sur­gi­cal masks (face masks) are exam­ples of per­son­al pro­tec­tive equip­ment that are used to pro­tect the wear­er from air­borne par­ti­cles and from liq­uid con­t­a­m­i­nat­ing the face. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) Nation­al Insti­tute for Occu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty and Health (NIOSH) and Occu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty and Health Admin­is­tra­tion (OSHA) also reg­u­late N95 respirators.

It is impor­tant to rec­og­nize that the opti­mal way to pre­vent air­borne trans­mis­sion is to use a com­bi­na­tion of inter­ven­tions from across the hier­ar­chy of con­trols, not just PPE alone.

N95 Res­pi­ra­tors Not for Use by the Public
The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) does not rec­om­mend that the gen­er­al pub­lic wear N95 res­pi­ra­tors to pro­tect them­selves from res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­eases, includ­ing coro­n­avirus (COVID-19). The best way to pre­vent ill­ness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. How­ev­er, as a reminder, CDC always rec­om­mends every­day pre­ven­tive actions, such as hand wash­ing, to help pre­vent the spread of res­pi­ra­to­ry diseases.

For the gen­er­al Amer­i­can pub­lic, there is no added health ben­e­fit to wear a res­pi­ra­to­ry pro­tec­tive device (such as an N95 res­pi­ra­tor), and the imme­di­ate health risk from COVID-19 is con­sid­ered low.

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