N95 explanation

In working with wood, I bought N95 masks several years ago.  They were, after all, the best ones one could buy.  So shopping at Rona a week ago, they only had regular dust masks.  I asked why they didn’t have N95 masks on the shelves yet.  It’s been a year since the newest coronavirus had been discovered.  Couldn’t the supply chain have ramped up supply for the demand by now?

As it turns out, no.

I read this from NPR this morning.

COVID-19 Has Caused A Shortage Of Face Masks. But They're Surprisingly Hard To Make

The complexity in making these N95 masks is stupidly high, mostly because of this “melt-blown” fabric.  So there you have it, an explanation as to why they haven’t caught up yet.

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