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Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo, known for its comfortable casual wear at hard-to-beat prices, is now selling face masks made from its signature, breathable fabric. To get more news about famous nonmedical mask stock, you can visit official website.

Uniqlo on Monday announced it is selling three-packs of protective face masks using its "Airism" fabric technology online and in stores. The fast-fashion retailer's mask is constructed of three layers of fabric and wicks moisture, filters air and blocks 90% of UV rays, according to the manufacturer. The masks are available in three colors and three sizes. A three-pack costs $14.90.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has for months now recommended that all Americans wear some kind of cloth face covering in public to avoid transmitting the coronavirus to others. More recent studies show that widespread mask-wearing could be the key to preventing more waves of the coronavirus.
The virus is mainly spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks in close proximity to others, according to the CDC. The agency offers instructions on how to fashion masks out of household materials like t-shirts, bandanas and coffee filters, even for those without sewing skills.

A World Health Organization-funded analysis published in The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal, found that without masks, the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is 17.4%. That drops to 3.1% with a face covering. This research begs the question: Where do I get a face mask if I'm not a medical worker?

The good news is that fashion designers and apparel companies have risen to the occasion and are fabricating masks for general use. The bad news is that masks are in such high demand that if you order now, it could be a few weeks before they arrives at your doorstep. See below for a list of some of the most popular options.
Canvas tote-bag maker Apolis, known for its chic, sustainable market bags, is selling customizable cotton face masks for $19 each. Mask sewers in Mexico receive certified fair wages, and purchases benefit non-profit Baby2Baby, a national network that donates essential goods to children living in poverty. Masks ship in 14 days and are returnable for 30 days.

Birdwell, a California surfwear brand, has pivoted from making board shorts to sewing masks. It's selling reusable masks made from a stretchy swimwear material for general use, and also donating masks to front-line workers through actor Sean Penn's non-profit CORE. Masks cost $19.95 and ship within three to five business days.

Classic menswear retailer Buck Mason is selling a 5-pack of nonmedical, reusable cotton face masks with antimicrobial properties. While its design isn't a replacement for medical grade personal protective equipment, the company is donating 100,000 washable masks to essential workers in California.

"The transition from a manufacturing standpoint was quite seamless, as we're sewing cotton with single-needle stitching, a technique that is very common in apparel production," Buck Mason co-founder Sasha Koehn told CBS MoneyWatch.