Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

To help prevent illness from this virus you should:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask or face covering if inside in areas where social distancing is not possible and immunization status of others is unknown (even if you are vaccinated)
  • Social distance when immunization status of others is unknown 
  • Get tested when exposed or experiencing symptoms
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water or use alcohol-based sanitizer
African American female and white male wearing medical masks

KN95/N95 Mask Distribution

*The Health Department mask mailing program has ended. Masks will still be provided to Howard County Library System branches and senior centers and are widely available at many County retailers. This is a walk-in only service, no reservations. Please contact library branch directly to confirm current supply.

N95/KN95 Mask Information

N95/KN95 masks are designed for use by adult healthcare professionals. When fitted correctly, N95/KN95s provide protection against COVID-19. But other protective options are also available. We recommend speaking to your healthcare provider to determine which mask is best for you and for each member of your household. Remember: the most effective mask is the one you will wear properly and consistently. Masks should be worn indoors in public spaces, around those whose vaccine status is unknown, and anywhere they are required.

What to Know About Your KN95/N95 Mask

  • It is highly effective if worn properly.
  • There must be a tight seal between the mask and skin for best protection.
  • After repeated uses, it loses it’s shape and may not fit as tightly.
  • May cause some difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue, and dizziness. (Discontinue use if you experience any of these symptoms.)

How to Wear Your Mask

How to wear your KN95/N95 mask properly

Click here to view an informational flier about mask usage.

Click here to view an informational flier about mask usage. (Spanish)

CDC - How to Use Your N95 Respirator (Updated January 25, 2022)

CDC - Guidance for Implementing COVID-19 Prevention Strategies (Updated July 27, 2021)

CDC - Improve How Your Mask Protects You (Updated April 6, 2021)

CDC- Types of Masks and Respirators (Updated January 14, 2022) 

CDC- Your Guide to Masks (Updated October 25, 2021) 

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