The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the mask guidelines on January 14, local time, adding content such as "you can choose N95 or KN95 masks, and do not have to worry about the insufficient supply of N95 masks".
KN95 masks are made in China according to Chinese standards. Compared with the September 2021 version, this wave of updates by the US CDC makes it clear that people choose to wear KN95 masks "have a better protective effect"。
Omikeron is undoubtedly a more contagious variant. In the early stages of the outbreak, the R value of the strain's infection quickly rose to 3-5, that is, the average number of infected people infected was 3 to 5 people, which was much higher than the Delta strain's 1.1-1.2. Increasing the density of mask wearing may be the most effective response to new variants that are highly contagious.
Masks are a low-value medical consumable, but N95 masks are of high standard and technically difficult. According to the Financial Associated Press,There are currently only 54 certified global N95 mask manufacturers released by the CDC in the United States, mainly foreign manufacturers. Among the Chinese manufacturers, the most famous is BYD shares that cut into the production of masks in 2020.
The agency said that in recent years, China's low-value consumables companies have shifted their attention from the international market to the domestic market and actively developed their own brands. However, from the perspective of domestic low-value consumables listed companies, the income mainly comes from overseas, most of the domestic business accounts for a small proportion, and domestic sales are in the initial stage of independent brands. However, China's low-value consumables market benefits from the growth of medical demand and the improvement of residents' consumption level, and the future space is large, and the annual growth rate is maintained at about 20%.
Since the epidemic, there has been a shortage of epidemic prevention materials in the world, and the export of epidemic prevention materials in China has opened up a large number of overseas new channels and new customers for related enterprises, which is conducive to the development of enterprises' future export business.