N95 masks are in short supply — and scammers know it

The urgent and overwhelming demand for N95 masks has created fertile ground for scammers to start leaking counterfeits into the supply chain and to make fake deals for product that doesn’t exist.

Two leading N95 mask manufacturers have issued fraud warnings amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying they’ve received complaints about fraudsters trying to sell nonexistent product. And in one case, counterfeit masks have already made it to the front lines in the US.
Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, received a batch of 1,000 N95 masks a few weeks ago from a trusted longtime vendor, and determined they were fake.
“We have a policy of having our clinicians test a small sample of medical equipment like masks before we give it to our staff,” said Jessica Griffin, the hospital’s director of public relations. “These masks did not fit the face area properly,” nor were they marked with a specific Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approval label as N95 masks are required to have.
It was a shock for Holy Name, which is currently treating 144 patients for Covid-19 and has tested 1,440 people in total.
“We’re the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in New Jersey,” Griffin said. Maintaining a consistent supply of PPE (personal protective equipment) like gowns and N95 masks for its doctors and nurses is crucial as the hospital continues to see a steady stream of patients.

Post time: Apr-21-2020
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