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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

As I understand it, the N-95 mask is not necessary for everyone.  Other face-coverings may be recommended or required per local/state authorities.  

Apr 13, 2020 11:17 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Nope, Pam made our masks. Now we can go into the bank legally with a mask

Apr 13, 2020 10:54 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We have a construction company and bought these in bulk for work in old houses.

However our supply is nearly gone after giving them out to friends and staff.

Others are making them, rip up old clothes and find a person with a sewing machine.

A few that I know are just tying a rag around their head.

Apr 13, 2020 10:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I have no idea, and our governor predicted an end to this on May 15th...It is not required in California except for the food vendors, grocery stores, farmers market, etc.  It is voluntary!  In case someone requires it, I have a couple of silk scarves in our car and a pair of gloves for each one of us.  Good luck.  If you get one be sure to really clean it after each use...they get stinky and create bacteria.  A

Apr 13, 2020 12:01 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

One of the local Ambulance Corps was broken into and has about 20 stolen, otherwise no!

Apr 13, 2020 11:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

My wife is reviving her long-dormant sewing skills.

Apr 13, 2020 11:20 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Will, order now and next shipment should go out week of May 4th. Probably just as good as N-95 for most people and can be washed up to 30 times. Pack of 5 is $20.00. Go to


Apr 13, 2020 12:03 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

You don't really need one of those; a simpler one should be adequate if you are not a healthcare worker providing care for a sick patient.

Apr 13, 2020 11:37 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Perhaps the Public Health Department or find out if any of your past or present clients are making masks Will. A bit of caution...DO NOT buy them from China! The hardest hit place in America recently received 1.2 million masks MADE IN CHINA. The place that gave us COVID-19 and also gave us SARS!!!

Apr 13, 2020 01:50 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

You don't need one. Use a bandanna or make one from a towel/etc.

It's all a placebo anyhow. None of it will truly protect you.

The main reason to wear one is to limit your exhale/cough/sneeze in public. 

It's to protect others, not you.

Apr 13, 2020 09:50 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Not really sure if one is really necessary,  I hear undies work well.

Apr 13, 2020 05:59 PM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

If you have a renovation or painting project, maybe you can just wait until N-95 masks are more readily available.

Apr 13, 2020 03:29 PM
Jerrill Ewing
N & J Lake Properties, LLC - Eatonton, GA

no, they are being diverted to hospitals right now.

Apr 13, 2020 03:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Will- I bought some from the Nextdoor App- a lady was making them since she's been furloughed from her work. She also included filters to slip into the mask. Check your Nextdoor app. 

Apr 13, 2020 12:53 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Good luck Will Hamm . As I blogged in the past Boing Corporation purchased every mask in town (1,000 of them) and sent them to their employees in Japan leaving us local Americans unprotected.

Apr 13, 2020 10:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

No... are you asking to get masks for medical personnel... they are not recommended for everyone and we've been asked to "save" them for the medical personnel on the front lines.

Apr 14, 2020 04:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I haven't looked in a while.  I doubt any hardware stores will be selling them anytime soon.

Apr 13, 2020 03:20 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Perhaps make one?

Apr 13, 2020 01:33 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Will Hamm locally N-95 mask not avaliable.

Apr 13, 2020 01:10 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I wouldn't recommend trying to find N95s as our medical professionals need them FAR more than we do. However, as the CDC recommends, make one out of a bandana or other cloth material.

Double up on the cloth if you'd like or add a coffee filter between your face and the cloth material. That will serve the same purpose and allow the more snug-fitting N95s to be used by your area medical teams.

Apr 13, 2020 09:31 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Will, if you don't specifically need to wear one, I would certainly tell you to not get one.  I had to wear one today to see my mother in her assisted living facility and it was miserable.  It was for HER safety, not mine.  Keep that in mind.  These masks protect others from you.  You only need that level of seal around your mouth if you are helping someone who is high risk.

Apr 13, 2020 06:52 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

N-95s seem to be all for medical staff right now.  We had a supply prior to this and have given most of them to our nurse daughter.  Will replace when they are available again.  We also got some surgical masks from


Apr 13, 2020 03:12 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Unless you are donating them to medical providers - hospitals no one should be attempting to get them.  The supply is too low to take them away from those who need them ... the front line people under the noses of infected patients. 

Apr 14, 2020 06:52 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

A N95 mask is a "critical supply" and not intended for the general public.  Use a cloth face mask in those situations you deem it necessary. 

See CDC mask info here

Apr 14, 2020 06:42 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

The biggest badass country in the world and we can't get mask for us, medical workers and the military! What is wrong with this picture?

Apr 14, 2020 05:49 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I'm leaving those for the people that really need them - those on frontline, working groceries/deliveries etc.  I do my part by staying home and not using precious resources.

Apr 14, 2020 05:28 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Will,
You don't need to buy a face mask. You can easily make one simply by folding a scarf or other fabric. Adding the coffee filter is an extra layer of filtering protection.

Apr 14, 2020 05:18 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Supplies are limited and being directed to medical and first responders. I know a local source for the folded masks like they used to give out st Kaiser fir visitors. He charges $50 for 50 but don’t know cost/fees fir shipping or if he will ship.

Apr 13, 2020 05:55 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I bought one from a friend of a friend. N95 masks are not available here. I printed out some patterns and will start experimenting making one myself. Reason being, once I found a pattern that works, I will starting making them to whoever needs one.

Apr 13, 2020 05:44 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I was in a paint store that was my main supplier a couple of days ago.  They have not been able to get any masks of any kind for over three weeks (not even replacement cartridges for respirators).  They can't even get access to the distribution system.  I imagine that there are a lot of painters doing work unprotected.

Apr 14, 2020 07:53 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I got mine at home depot. You could not order online but found in with gloves and other breathing masks.

Apr 14, 2020 05:26 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I was wondering the same thing

Apr 14, 2020 05:22 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sorry, Will, I have no clue. We have masks we bought before, and my wife has made several including some for friends.

Apr 13, 2020 08:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Use a home made cloth mask. It will meet your needs.

You may wish to have several since they need to be washed after each use.

Apr 14, 2020 10:01 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

N95 is meant for medical professionals working in the hospital. A surgical mask will work. Professionals argue it is not 100% proof, some Asian countries use surgical mask as the only defense with great results. Many heavily populated countries can not have American invention, social distance, and surgical mask is the only thing protecting them. One can eat a restaurant behind a shield which says " No talking".  Schools are open in some coutntries with a cardboard shield on each desk. 

Apr 14, 2020 09:24 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

These are needed by emergency personal and the general public is pleaded with not to take away the supply.

Apr 14, 2020 09:04 AM