New report from New York Times’ Andrew Jacobs In-depth discussion on how the mask policy on the technology platform has enabled novel masks such as elastic band masks to flourish, while some mask manufacturers that manufacture high-permeability masks have difficulty selling their products.
Even if you have been vaccinated, it is still recommended to wear a mask. Well, many masks that are widely advertised on Facebook, Instagram and Amazon seem to be a problem and seem to be less safe than medical grade N95. Facebook and Amazon said they are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Facebook prevents mask sellers from promoting and selling masks to the public in the early stages of the pandemic (when supply is in short supply). The idea at the time was to keep N95 for medical professionals. Eventually, the policy has changed so that non-medical masks, masks and plastic protective shields can be promoted. Some mask manufacturers who make their own medical-grade masks told Jacobs that they cannot advertise on the platform, but fabric masks that can fold pocket squares or turn into headbands can. If these sellers arrive directly at the hospital, this may not be a problem. Many people tell Jacobs that they are not:
“I̵7;m happy to sell masks to medical staff, but the hospital hasn’t knocked on the door yet.” Brian Wolin, CEO of Protective Health Gear, a company based in Paterson, New Jersey, said that there are 500,000 unsold masks in his factory. N95 masks out.
According to the Jacobs report, Amazon’s policy raises a different question. Jacobs wrote that large manufacturers can more easily attract customers on Amazon because the company buys products in bulk and then ships them from its own warehouses. But the company’s policy on selling masks and the algorithms that control how masks are displayed in searches are difficult for smaller companies to navigate. According to the report, less secure alternatives such as KN95 masks can easily surface in searches, while other manufacturers offering N95 on Amazon stores have been buried by the algorithm.
Finally, the Jacobs article illustrates a disappointing arrangement: Online platforms are usually the safest way to purchase PPE, but they do not always provide the safest products.
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