At present, there are more than 118k confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries around the world, with a total of 4,291 deaths, and the number of confirmed cases, deaths and affected countries is expected to rise further in the coming days or weeks.
WHO assessment shows that COVID-19 has the characteristics of pandemic. This has also been confirmed by the news in recent days.
• Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, the NBA has suspended its season.
• Actor Tom Hanks says he and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus.
• Italy just announced new form of lockdown. All commercial activities besides pharmacies and grocery stores are now closed.
• Trump suspends travel from Europe for 30 days as part of response to ‘foreign’ coronavirus.
For the increasingly serious epidemic, many countries only advised people to wash their hands at first.
Then, the government advised us to stay at home, not to go out, let alone gather.
Recently, due to a large number of community infections and asymptomatic infections, more and more countries have begun to assess the need to wear masks.
However, the shortage of masks has become a worldwide problem.
In my last article, some readers commented on why masks are so expensive.
In this article, I would like to explain: masks are expensive all over the world.
Therefore, Chinese scientists advise people to wear masks to prevent water droplets from spreading.
However, China has a population of 1.4 billion. Even if only one in six people rework, each person uses only one mask per day and 238 million masks are needed each day.
Faced with a shortage of masks, some Chinese cities have even implemented limited purchases, appointment-based purchases, and lottery purchases.
In the United States and Europe, only medical staff wear masks, and monthly demand exceeds 96 million.
China is the world's largest mask manufacturer, accounting for more than 50% of the world's mask production.
With a five-fold expansion of production capacity, China can currently produce 116 million masks per day, of which only 1.96 million are N95 masks.
Most of these N95 masks are supplied to local and US and European medical staff, so it is difficult for ordinary people to buy N95 masks.
The relationship between supply and demand determines the price of masks to a certain extent.
In addition, the shortage of mask raw materials, excessive labor costs, and high transportation costs have further increased the price of masks.
The key raw material of the mask is melt blown cloth, which plays a key filtering role in the mask.
Due to the slow production speed, high technical requirements and huge equipment investment of Meltblown cloth, the price of Meltblown cloth has soared from $3000 / ton to $65000 / ton.
Because of COVID-19 's seriousness, most Chinese workers are quarantined at home. A small number of workers went to the factory to produce masks at the risk of infection.
During the outbreak, workers were paid five times as much as usual, said the head of a Chinese mask maker.
For the same reason, logistics and transportation costs have risen simultaneously, which has led to a rise in the price of masks.
Now, do you still think it's expensive to sell an N95 mask for $7?
There are some masks on sale on Gearbest, and their prices are not the same.
Some masks are more expensive, they may be well-known brands or local warehouse delivery, you can receive within 5 days.
Some masks are cheaper, they may be unknown brands, or they may take a long time to ship.
You can buy it according to your own needs.
In fact, with the further spread of COVID-19, the demand for masks will only increase.
I suggest you buy it as soon as possible for a rainy day.
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