Masks ARE available, it is an issue of getting the supply to the site of demand.  This is a logistics issue.  When the government institutes penalties for “price gouging”  this limits the supply and further increases the scarcity and demand.  Both sites below claim to have masks.  Who knows when or if they will arrive but safe is better than sorry and better late than never.   If the government can put a check in virtually everyone’s hands they certainly can put a mask in everyone’s hands as well and certainly can put in the hands of health care workers and others on the front lines.