N95 mask prices at ‘ridiculous’ highs on speculation over CDC guidance

Claire Ballentine and Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou

The potential for a new recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is unleashing a scramble for N95 masks and boosting their prices. 

The agency is considering changing its guidance to advise that people wear higher-quality masks, according to a Washington Post report. That’s contributing to a surge in prices for gold-standard N95 and KN95 face coverings on sites like Amazon.com.

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