Transcript for Homeland Security seizes 10 million fake N95 masks
We continue on the pandemic and with cases falling after the holiday surge, concern growing tonight about the variants seen right here in the U.S. In fact, the CDC renewing its warning today, urging people not to travel because of variants brought back to the U.S. And with so many people trying to stay safe, federal authorities reporting they've seized 10 million counter fifth n-95 masks. Tonight, more than 40,286,000 have had at least one shot. ABC's Stephanie Ramos here in New York tonight. Reporter: Tonight, new variants could easily cause another surge in covid cases. I know these variants are concerning. I'm talking about them today because I am concerned, too. Reporter: They believe the uk variant will be the dominant strain and soon. It is more transmissible and new uk data showing it's likely more deadly. Tonight, the CDC is also tracking the south African variant, now found in at least nine states and Washington, D.C. A new CDC report now shows the south African variant cause a 16-fold increase in cases in one month in Zambia. There is concern over what could happen here in the U.S. And when it comes to masks, tonight, federal authorities have revealed they seized close to 10 million counterfeitn-95 masks in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands in fake masks found in a warehouse in western Maryland. Individuals, criminals exploit our vulnerability for a quick buck is something that we will continue to aggressively pursue. All right, so, let's get right to Stephanie, because that was concerning. How do you know if you have one of these masks, Steph, and what about the ones that might have made it past those warehouses? Reporter: Well, David, that's the challenge, being able to tell the difference between an authentic 3M mask. You want to look nor this stamp, which means it's been tested by the national institute for ocean passional safety and health. And a legit n-95 mask won't have any misspellings and it won't have ear loops. Make sure it has a head strap. Authorities say they've reached out to hospitals, medical facilities and possible victims who may have purchased the fake masks in at least 12 states. David? Wow, we have enough to worry about, now we have to worry about the masks too. Stephanie, thank you.
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