N95 masks for sale
The “virus” (2019-nCoV) is giving me major 2003-SARS deja vu vibes, and I don’t like it. And as if it isn’t enough that there’s the new pneumonia coronavirus going around, people are spreading fake news too °™ forwarding messages about miracle remedies and whatnot. Ignore those. According to Ministry of Health (MOH), there is no community spread in Singapore yet, but we are advised to practice good hygiene habits like washing our hands regularly and wearing a mask if coughing and/or sneezing.
As expected, everyone “chiong-ed” to snap up supplies of surgical masks (which was recommended). Within days, retail stores ran out of stock islandwide. MOH stepped up to assure the public that there is sufficient stock available, but from online complaints and feedback, these blue-and-white sheets still seem very hard to procure: you’d have to camp at pharmacies to wait for new stock to arrive, before queueing for hours to pay. If you need to N95 mask for sale but can’t get your hands on them at the above-mentioned stores, here are 5 alternative online stores to try.
Note: The Government has announced (30 Jan 2020) that they are handing out some 5 million masks, with each household entitled to 4. Collection will be from 1 to 9 Feb 2020, at residents’ community centers (RCs) and community centers (CCs).
Surgical masks at Watsons, Guardian and Unity °™ OOS!
Usually, the most “duh” places to look are the local pharmacies like Watsons, Guardian and Unity. Surgical masks at these “official” retailers are very affordable, at about $12 per box of 50 pieces. That comes up to only $0.24 per mask. However, as mentioned, it’s sold out at most of these stores. As such, I looked online for alternatives.
Where else to buy surgical masks in Singapore
There are quite a few retailers on popular online marketplaces like Shopee, Lazada and etc, but thanks to the current shortage, they were significantly more expensive. Prices start from $8 for 10 pieces and go up to over $50 for a box of 50, which is more than 4X the price. Personally, I find these scalpers quite sickening. But if you “bo pian” need to buy °™ perhaps you’re sick, or have young children and/or elderly at home °™ then here are the prices. I’ve also included the availability (at the timing of writing, of course) because some are preorders and will only arrive mid-Feb 2020.