Surgical and Respiratory Masks Market

Global Market Study on Surgical and Respiratory Masks: Rising Demand for Reusable Masks Bolstering Market Growth

Surgical and Respiratory Masks Market Segmented By Basic Surgical Masks, Anti-Fog Foam Surgical Masks, Fluid/Splash Resistant Surgical Masks as Surgical Mask and Single Strap Masks, Filter Dust Masks, Half-face Masks, Full-face Masks as Respiratory Product Type in Reusable, Disposable Usage

  • October-2020
  • PMRREP32047
  • 264 Pages
  • Healthcare

Market overview

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on a global scale, along with surging prevalence of chronic complications such as diabetes, cancer, cardiac diseases, and others contrives. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) claim 17.9 million lives every year. Cataract surgeries, breast biopsies, cardiac bypass, caesareans, and aesthetic surgeries are also aiding expansion of the surgical and respiratory masks market size, globally.

Several respiratory complications make individuals vulnerable to elevating air pollution and causes lethal complications. WHO has stated that, around 2.5 to 5 million people die due to the respiratory tract infection by influenza each year, which costs around US$ 71 billion to 167 billion annually. Respiratory masks are a promising option for protection from air pollution, smog, and microbes with their advanced fine filters that keeps out smoke, ash, bacteria, and even viruses in the size range of 10 to 80 nm, thereby aiding the growth of the global surgical and respiratory masks market.

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  • 3M
  • Smith & Nephew Plc.
  • Medline Industries
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Inspired Medical
  • Well Lead Medial Co Ltd.
  • Medtronic Plc
  • Crosstex International
  • Cardinal Health
  • Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
  • Alpha Pro Tech
  • Ansell Ltd.
  • Halyard Health
  • Dynarex Corporation
  • DuPont

Massive & Rational Usage of Surgical & Respiratory Masks

The global COVID-19 pandemic has made instrumental the use of surgical and respiratory masks, when there is no single medication available for the deadly virus. These masks have become an indispensable entity of daily life, and have integrated verily into schools, hospitals, and other public places. Surgical and respiratory masks amid the coronavirus pandemic are a non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) measure to effectively protect people at minimum expense.

These masks reduce transmission risk, dampen the aerosol rate, provide population coverage, and are easily accessible to the public. Surgical and respiratory masks are equipped with advanced and safer features to provide a high-end American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) level protection and comfort to the user, such as ASTM level 1 and 3 procedure masks by Cardinal Health. Advanced, eco-friendly, and economical non-woven materials with the edge of reusability are gaining massive acceptance among public

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New Product Launches Fuelling Surgical and Respiratory Masks Market Growth

Manufacturers in the surgical and respiratory masks market are focusing R&D and deliberated efforts toward innovative, safer, and advanced protection, along with comfort, such as overcoming the hindrance caused by conventional masks. Several sophisticated manufacturing machinery and materials have debuted in the market to achieve mass-scale production at a faster rate. Innovative efforts have been made to provide users with hassle-free, safer, and economic mask protection that doesn’t halt breathing, speech, causes no spectacle fogging, and provides fluid resistance. For instance, in August 2020, in collaboration with Cardinal Health, ClearMask introduced the world’s first fully transparent surgical mask approved by FDA, for hassle-free speech gesture and communication.

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Regional Outlook of Surgical and Respiratory Masks Market

North America holds a substantially huge surgical and respiratory masks market share of 34%, and is anticipated to progress at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period. The spreading pandemic and other chronic diseases are driving demand and key players in the region are responsible for the dominance of North America in the global surgical and respiratory masks market.

Europe will hold the second-largest surgical and respiratory masks market share during the forecast period, owing to the large geriatric population and increasing respiratory tract complications that are surging he demand from public and healthcare workers. Asia Pacific also holds a noteworthy share in the global surgical and respiratory masks market, which is expected to elevate further due to massive adoption of masks and the giant population pool demand. 

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Competitive Landscape of Surgical and Respiratory Masks Market

The surgical and respiratory masks market is a consolidated market, which has key players across the world such as Cardinal Health, 3M, Honeywell International Inc., Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Prestige Ameritech, Alpha Pro Tech, Moldex-Metric, Inc., and others. Manufacturers are focused on expanding their production scale, strengthening their product portfolios of masks and respirators, and introduction of innovative features and new product launches. Several companies have acquired and collaborated with regional and international players for expedited and elevated production.

COVID-19 Impact on Surgical and Respiratory Masks Market

The COVID-19 pandemic jolted the world with its massive outbreak at the beginning of 2020. The outbreak eventually shaped into a global crisis, which resulted in massive lockdowns, and is still taking a toll on several economies and industries due to lack of manpower and supply restraints. Absence of medication and lifting of lockdowns have resulted in massive demand for surgical and respiratory masks for protection in public places.

Massive influx of COVID-19 patients in hospitals has induced huge demand for masks for healthcare workers. Manufactures pulled every stop to elevate their production scale to meet the soaring needs of the population. Several top players in the surgical and respiratory masks market have been seen collaborating with and acquiring others to expand and expedite production.

The market has also been flooded with false claims of protection and counterfeited products, which has resulted in huge lawsuits. However, despite this turmoil, the global surgical and respiratory masks market is highly anticipated to escalate further amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Analysts’ viewpoint

Surging prevalence of respiratory infections and advanced features of surgical and respiratory masks are anticipated to accelerate market growth during the forecast period. North America and Europe hold appreciable shares in the global surgical and respiratory masks market. Asian nations such as China and India are expected to create diverse opportunities in the surgical and respiratory masks market with their elevating economy and massive population pool. Moreover, presence of the pandemic will lead to constant need of surgical and respiratory masks, which will push manufacturers to invest further in the market.

Key Segments of Surgical and Respiratory Masks Market

PMR’s study on the surgical and respiratory masks market offers information divided into four important segments — product type, usage, distribution channel, and region. This report offers comprehensive data and information about the important market dynamics and growth parameters associated with these categories.

Product Type

  • Surgical Masks
    • Basic Surgical Masks
    • Anti-Fog Foam Surgical Masks
    • Fluid/Splash Resistant Surgical Masks
    • Others
  • Respirators
    • Single Strap Masks
    • Filter Dust Masks
    • Half-face Masks
    • Full-face Masks


  • Reusable
  • Disposable

Distribution Channel

  • Institutional Sales
    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
    • Office-based Clinics
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities
    • Diagnostic Laboratories
    • Academic and Research Institutes
  • Retail Sales
    • Retail Pharmacies
    • Drug Stores
    • Mail Over Pharmacies
    • Retail Stores
    • Online Sales


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
  • Oceania
  • MEA


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