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Surgical Masks Market Segmentation By Type (Basic Surgical Mask, Anti-fog Surgical Mask, Fluid/Splash Surgical Mask, N95 Mask, and Others); By Distribution Channel (Offline and Online); By End User (Standalone Laboratory, Hospitals, Academic & Medical Schools, and Others) - Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2028

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Extensive insights into the Growth of Surgical Masks Market amidst COVID-19

Before we witness the stabilization of economic growth in Europe and North America, Asia Pacific is estimated to bounce back progressively with countries such as China, India, South Korea and Japan witnessing more opportunities to recover from the losses sustained during COVID-19.

Being the biggest market in Eastern Europe, Russia is estimated to take the lowest hit, offering a sigh of relief to the businesses operating in the country. Whereas, GCC is estimated to observe low investments due to the sliding prices of crude oil.

We evaluate the strategies and commitment of the Giant Players in the market towards creating products and services that customers value and rely on.

In an attempt to control and eliminate the surge of coronavirus cases and meet the demand for required medical devices along with providing efficient medical services, there is a drastic shift of investments from authoritative bodies towards the healthcare sector. Where the aftermath of this pandemic may take years to be measured, Research Nester estimates notable expansion of e-health, gaming, and media and entertainment industries till the whole situation is contained and the plan of action for the recovery process is determined. There is an estimated probability of the growth in businesses going back a year if the condition is controlled in the next 2-3 months.                                                         Request Insights

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  • May 14, 2020: Mike Bowen, executive vice president of Prestige Ameritech, a reputed manufacturer of face masks in the United States, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing to converse defending scientific reliability in reply to the coronavirus outburst on Capitol Hill in Washington. He discussed how his company tried to warn the federal administrators that there was a necessity to stockpile N-95 masks former this year in response to the COVID 19 pandemic.

  • On April 24, 2020: the FDA issued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for face masks and policy concerning face masks and surgical masks that is in effect throughout the COVID-19 civic health emergency.

  • April 22, 2020: Kimberly-Clark Professional, in order to address the requirements of cleaning authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company has publicized a new scholarship package to relieve smaller cleaning organizations by providing critical teaching on infectious disease deterrence and control measures for their employees, which will be conducted in collaboration with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), which is a division of ISSA.

Surgical Masks Market Overview

Surgical masks are used by physicians, nurses, social workers, housekeeping staff, and others who are open to a high risk of airborne infections such as, influenza, meningitis, and measles, extensively around the globe. These illnesses spread through an infected person when they cough or sneeze and the liquid droplets are suspended in the air, which can infect a healthy person. These masks have excessive benefits for patients with problems such as asthma or lung disease and patients with cardiovascular issues too prefer them. These masks are well-known to offer more safety to health care workers performing medical operations that expose them to patients' respiratory emissions.

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the biggest life threat ever faced by civilization and is officially acknowledged as a global health emergency by WHO on January 30, 2020. After it’s origination in Wuhan, China by the end of December 2019, the virus has blow-out across the globe such as catastrophe. The virus is foreseen to impact the political, economic, and socio-economic landscape of countries, very severely in the upcoming years.

The health care sector is extremely stressed owing to the widespread need for surgical masks as per the recommendation by regulatory bodies such as the U.S. FDA and WHO. Many health care centers in poor regions are deprived of basic medical equipment such as surgical masks which have led to serious casualties and health issues among health care workers.

Market Size and Forecast

The surgical masks market is expected to attain a notable CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2020-2028. The market is segmented by type, distribution channel, end-user, and region. Surgical masks are the need of the hour not only for the healthcare sector but also for the general public which has resulted in a global need for the surgical masks to contain the COVID 19 pandemic and to suppress the supply chain bottlenecks as there is a major shortage of these masks around the world. Among the distribution channel, the online segment is expected to witness the highest growth and will continue to register significant growth during the forecast period. This major growth pattern is attributed to the nationwide lockdowns which fuelled the online delivery of essential products at your doorstep. Individuals, to play safe, are ordering bulk products online for their personal or retail consumption, and this has remarkably contributed towards the growth of this segment.CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT

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Growth Drivers

Rising cases of novel coronavirus around the world to boost the market growth

With escalating cases of the virus around the globe, the novel coronavirus pandemic has shined a spotlight on the surgical masks market. In many sectors such as aerospace, manufacturing, healthcare, and others, masks have been supplied to defend them from the rapid outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The growing shortage of surgical masks in COVID 19 affected regions asks for ramped -up manufacturing of surgical masks, especially when the supply chain is distributed and China being one of the biggest contributors, has just come out of lockdown. Numerous pharmaceutical, private, and biotechnology companies are coming together to ramp up the production of surgical masks all around the globe to ease the shortages.

These factors contributed towards the global rise in the surgical masks market which remarkably projected to boost the overall market growth in the forecast period.

Additionally, rapidly refining healthcare facilities, an increase in government initiatives, a rapid surge in air pollution levels, rising geriatric population with chronic conditions, who are more likely to get such infectious diseases, including COVID-19, are estimated to drive the demand for the surgical masks globally.


Safety negligence by people in rural or less infected regions can come up as a hindrance in the demand for surgical masks. Many people are not properly aware of the benefits of surgical masks and many are not able to pay hefty prices for surgical masks which have led them to use normal cloth for covering their faces. Taking emergency and extensive demand into considerations, many essential safety products are being sold at a much higher price, which is not affordable for every group of citizens.

Market Segmentation

Our-in depth analysis of the global surgical masks market includes the following segments:

By Type

  • Basic Surgical Mask
  • Anti-fog Surgical Mask
  • Fluid/Splash Surgical Mask
  • N95 Mask
  • Others

By Distribution Channel

  • Offline 
    • Wholesale Stores
    • Retail Stores
    • Others
  • Online

By End-User

  • Hospitals
  • Standalone Laboratory
  • Academic & Medical Institutions
  • Others

By Region

Geographically, the surgical masks market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa region.

The market for surgical masks in North America is anticipated to prosper owing to rapid improvements in surgical procedures in the United States and Canada. Ongoing commercialization of inventive safety products, helpful government policies & their stress on novel product development, the presence of key players in the region, growing prevalence of prolonged diseases, reputable diagnostic structures, and technological progressions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics have helped significantly in the market growth.

The current outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic across Europe, have led to a huge demand in the surgical masks market and is expected to witness an exponential rise in the forecast period as European regions were severely affected by coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore, spreading infectious diseases among people, technological advancements, and a rapidly aging population are some of the other key factors contributing towards the market growth in European regions.

The Asia-Pacific region provides profitable prospects for the key players operating in the region owing to a rise in disposable incomes, increasing investment by the government, rising elderly population, an increase in adoption of surgical masks among the general population and an uptick in the prevalence of contagious diseases, and a large patient pool with unmet medical needs. China just came out of lockdown and India is experiencing a rising number of COVID 19 positive cases daily. On account of these factors, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to witness the fastest growth in the forecast period.

Furthermore, a huge pool of patients with unmet medical needs and climbing investments in research and development of the healthcare industry in developing economies such as India, China, and Brazil, is expected to provide lucrative opportunities for the market players.

Changing medical administration in the Latin American and African economies will increase the forthcoming market growth of the surgical masks market. The current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic has helped in raising awareness for these masks.

The surgical masks market is further classified based on region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • the Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis

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