Millions of Counterfeit N95 Masks Distributed to Health Workers in the US

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  • Healthcare workers in the US have received thousands of counterfeit 3M respirators in the past months
  • N95 masks are prized for their superior ability to filter out minute particles efficiently
  • As many as 1.9 million counterfeit 3M masks had their way to about 40 hospitals in Washington state, according to the state hospital association
  • The elite Cleveland Clinic also acknowleged that, since November, it had distributed 3M counterfeits to employees. A Minnesota hospital made a similar submission
  • According to 3M, the leading US manufacturer of N95s, more than 10 million counterfeits have been seized since the pandemc began
  • The company also says it has, in recent months, seized fake 3M masks sold or offered to government agencies in at least six states