Millions of counterfeit masks have been seized by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials since the start of the pandemic. But the last few months have seen an “exponential increase” in counterfeit mask seizures.
Since the start of the pandemic, officials have seized more than 34 million counterfeit masks, most of them modeled to look like N95 or KN95 masks, reported CNN. Around 20 million of those masks were caught in 2021, said John Leonard, acting executive assistant commissioner of the agency’s Office of Trade.
“The mask is really the most visible symbol...