Construction Industry Low on Masks

Concerns about contracting COVID-19 has caused a run on supplies

March 11, 2020
Remodeling and coronavirus

Concerns over contracting the coronavirus has created a run on face masks, causing a problem for some construction businesses.

Joe King, owner of 1st Patriot Enterprising in Evansville, Ind. has seen the issue first hand. His painting company uses the masks every day, but he is one of a number of business owners seeing their supplies running out. “Anyone involved in drywall or painting, will constantly need a protective mask of some kind," King told a local NBC news station.

Ironically, the commonly purchased N95 masks are not effective for bacteria or viral protection. Instead they are made solely to keep dust and other particulents out of the lungs. US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has stated that wearing a face mask can actually increase the risk for many people. "Folks who don't know how to wear them properly tend to touch their faces a lot and actually can increase the spread of coronavirus," Adams said during a March, 2nd interview on Fox & Friends.

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Erika Mosse is the director of content for Professional Remodeler. Contact her at or 972.803.4014.



Great article.

COVID-19 is not bacterial, it's viral. N95 is not 100% effective, but it does help block .3 micron particles if worn properly. (The virus particle size is actually smaller than this.) It's advised masks be worn by someone who is already infected to help contain transmission in public spaces or worn by healthcare workers caring for infected persons.

N95 mask manufacturers are diverting all supplies to hospitals and the military, because they are effective which is why the shelves are empty for general use now. They are effective when used properly and it has been determined that healthcare workers will need them to treat all of us. So yes expect a shortage for other general purposes.

Hi Erika,
That's really an upsetting news!
Infact many are running specially for that brand for protecting themselves from Covid19.
Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards.
Phil from pvariel. com

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