Wearing a Mask Protects You and Others

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Wearing a mask is a critical way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks and respirators, when worn consistently and correctly, are effective at reducing the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

HHS is encouraging Federal Retail Pharmacy Partners to distribute excess N95 masks from the Strategic National Stockpile to community health centers, local aging and disability networks, local health departments, and other organizations who can distribute free masks to the local community. Find out how community organizations and pharmacies can work together to distribute masks to people in the communities they serve.

Learn How to Properly Wear Your Free N95 Mask

The CDC recommends you wear the most protective mask you can and that it fits well over your nose, mouth, and chin.

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