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Helping the world respond to COVID-19

3M is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic from all angles and across all relevant stakeholders

During this global crisis, the safety of our employees and the public, including healthcare workers and first-responders, must be paramount. We are grateful for the work our people are doing to support the public health response and are taking actions to protect their well-being, including remote work when possible and robust safety protocols in our facilities.

Since January 3M has doubled production of N95 respirators to 1.1 billion per year at its global manufacturing facilities, including in the U.S., Asia and Europe. 3M will double its capacity again to 2 billion per year within the next 12 months.

In this crisis 3M is experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand for N95 respirators, and demand will outpace supply for the foreseeable future. As we urgently work to expand our own production, we are also working with governments and others to prioritize, triage and redirect supplies to serve the most critical needs and areas. 3M is also partnering with other companies on a range of innovative solutions to protect healthcare workers and first responders.

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    Increasing output of N95 respirators

    • Doubled: Since the outbreak began, we have doubled global production of N95 respirators

    • 24/7: Manufacturing lines are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week

    • 2 billion: Taken actions to enable 3M to double N95 respirator capacity once again, to 2 billion globally, within 12 months

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    Getting product to those who need it most

    • Frontlines: Most N95 respirators in Malaysia are now designated primarily for health professionals on the frontline of response, the rest are deployed in other critical industries, including energy, food and pharmaceutical

    • Critical needs: In regions and countries around the world, 3M is working with governments, distributors and others to prioritize supplies for the most critical customer and public health needs

    • Collaborating: Working with governments to break down trade barriers and direct respirators to areas of the world most in need

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    Combatting price-gouging, fraud and counterfeiting

    • Same prices: 3M has not and will not increase prices for respirators in this crisis

    • Pursuing third parties: 3M is working with law enforcement agencies around the world to aggressively pursue third parties that seek to take advantage of this crisis

    • Reporting fraud: If customers have concerns about fraudulent activity, they can report their concerns at 3M’s website

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    Protecting employees and maintaining business continuity

    • Support: We have implemented measures to protect our employees and continue to monitor workplaces around the world to ensure our people have the support they need

    • Sustaining operations: 3M has been able to sustain operations in different circumstances around the world by working differently, partnering with local experts and governments, and collaborating globally

    • Open communication: Committed to serving our customers, we will maintain frequent and open communication in this dynamic environment


FAQs about 3M and COVID-19

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Our customers around the world have had many questions for us due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Below is a list of the most frequently asked question we have received, with answers and links to direct you to more information.

  • An N95 respirator is not a mask. Certain disposable filtering facepiece particulate respirators (like N95s) are similar in appearance to many surgical/procedure masks. Healthcare workers use surgical masks to help protect the patient and sterile field from particles from the healthcare worker as well as to help protect the healthcare workers from high-pressure streams of blood. Respirators contain filter media and form a seal to the face and are designed to help reduce the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles, including droplets that may contain bacteria and viruses. For more information, view the Respirators and Surgical Masks: A Comparison PDF linked here.
  • Yes, we continue to maximize production at our manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and around the world for all types of respirators.
  • We have not increased the prices we charge for respirators as a result of this global crisis, and we will not increase our current prices for respirators being used to help address the pandemic. We do not – and will not – tolerate price gouging, fraud, deception or other activities that unlawfully exploit the demand for critical 3M products during a pandemic. We’re working with law enforcement agencies around the world to aggressively pursue third parties that seek to take advantage of this crisis. As you may be aware, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) implemented the Maximum Price Scheme to control price increase of essential items throughout the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO). To report any irresponsible traders to the Ministry, please WhatsApp KPDENHEP at +60192794317.
  • When properly selected and worn, any of our elastomeric respirator facepieces – when used with an appropriate particulate filter – will help reduce exposure to airborne droplets or aerosols, including those that may contain virus or bacteria. Our half facepiece reusable respirator options include the 6000 Series, 6500 Series, or 7500 Series. All of these would require separate eye protection, per the CDC. Please note that our full facepiece respirators feature integrated eye protection. Additionally, you’d need to select an appropriate particulate filter, and one such option is our 2091 filters, which are recommended to be disposed after every shift.

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