During this global crisis, the safety of our employees and the public, including health care workers and first responders fighting COVID-19, is our highest priority.
We are making more respirators than ever before. Since January, we have doubled global N95 respirator production and are on track to increase our capacity to produce N95 and other respirators to 2 billion per year globally by the end of 2020.
As we further increase production of N95 respirators in the U.S. and import additional respirators from our plants in Asia, we can continue supporting the critical needs of health care workers, while also supporting workplace safety – enabling a limited re-opening of the economy.
Demand for personal protective equipment continues to far exceed supply for the entire industry. We continue to work with governments, health agencies, distributors and others to prioritize supplies to the most critical customer and public health needs.
3M is also partnering with others on innovative solutions, including investigating ways for hospitals to decontaminate, reuse and extend the life of N95 respirators under FDA Emergency Use Authorizations, helping Ford Motor Company rapidly design a new powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR), partnering with engine manufacturer Cummins to increase production of high-efficiency particulate filters for use in 3M PAPRs, and collaborating with MIT to develop a rapid diagnostic test for COVID-19.
We are grateful for the work our people are doing to support the public health response and are taking actions to protect and support them, including offering remote work when possible and providing robust safety protocols in our facilities.
We have created a new 3M hotline for the U.S. and Canada that end-users and purchasers of 3M products can call for information on how to identify authentic 3M products and to ensure products are from 3M authorized distributors. We have also shared our pricing in the statement below for many of the most common 3M N95 respirator models sold in the U.S. to help customers identify and avoid inflated prices.
Below is a list of the most frequently asked question we have received, with answers and links to direct you to more information.
We continue to prioritize critical health care needs while supporting the broader opening of the economy. We are working to distribute respirators for use by workers who are returning to the workplace, while ensuring front-line healthcare workers have the PPE they need to effectively respond to COVID-19. Please work with your employer to determine what PPE is suitable for your workplace and how to secure it through 3M authorized distributors and federal and state government agencies.
At this time, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not made recommendations for respirator use by the general public. The CDC has recommended use of masks (not respirators) by members of the general public. More information on this can be found here.
As this is an evolving situation, we highly recommend that you consult local authorities and the WHO and CDC websites frequently for the most up-to-date information. Respirator use by the general public can be found here.
Proper selection and use are key to utilizing respirators to help reduce exposure to airborne contaminants. Find Technical Bulletins, How to Videos, Fit Testing Resources and more information to help you protect your employees and yourself.
Every day, health care workers on the front lines put themselves at risk to ensure others are cared for. 3M Medical offers resources and information to help protect providers and patients, especially during this challenging time.
If you have questions about the virus and how to best protect yourself, please consult the sources below for the most current guidelines and recommended precautions.
Reference this site for location-specific information and metrics about COVID-19. It features a new 'risk level' map that shows if a county or state is on the green, yellow, orange or red risk level based on the number of new daily cases. For clarity about case levels and key metrics guiding the worldwide coronavirus response, view the map.