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.

Free N95 masks are available to pick up at local pharmacies and community health center sites across the country. Every person is allowed up to 3 free masks pending availability.

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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