N95 face masks sold at P500 apiece as Taal rumbles

N95 face masks sold at P500 apiece as Taal rumbles

A pharmacy in Lipa City, Batangas has been selling N95 face masks at P500 apiece as Taal Volcano threatened to erupt, a netizen revealed on Monday.

A netizen showed the price of an N95 face mask bought at a pharmacy in Lipa City, Batangas

The volcano that spewed on Sunday a massive ash cloud that drifted across parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila has led to face masks flying off the shelves of pharmacies.

As Taal Volcano has still been put under Alert Level 4, which means that it still shows signs that hazardous eruption is possible within days, face masks including N95 are selling like hot cakes that prompted business owners to sell the items for P500 apiece, up from the previous P25 to P30.

Although there are various types of face masks available in the market, only the N95 type is recommended by the Department of Health (DOH) as it is more suitable for use during the ashfall as it prevents at least 95 percent of the small microbial particles of up to 0.3 microns from entering the respiratory tract.

Volcanic ash can trigger difficulty in breathing, coughs, eye and throat irritation, said the Manila Public Information Office, which shared tips on how to avoid inhaling the pyroclastic material.