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Face masks, when combined with frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and social distancing, can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets that are released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or breathes.  Masks provide additional protection because they act as a simple barrier for those respiratory droplets.  In some cases, those with COVID-19 do not show any symptoms at all, and may not realize they have it. This is why it's recommended that all who are able wear a mask outside in public and around people outside of your household.

For a list of FREE N95 mask distributions locations in and around Oconto County, click HERE.  

what kind of mask should i wear?

  • Any mask is better than no mask.
  • Wear the most protective mask that you can, that fits you well, and that you will wear consistently.  A well fitting mask means that it fits closely on the face without any gaps along the edges or around the nose.
  • Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others, and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently.
  • While all masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection, properly fitted respirators provide the highest level of protection.  It's important for people at increased risk for severe disease, or those in higher risk situations to wear a highly protective mask or respirator.  Higher risk situations include caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19; when working at a job where you interact with many people, especially when not everyone is consistently wearing a mask; when riding on planes, buses or trains, especially for a long period of time; in a crowded indoor or outdoor setting; if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • More information on cloth masks, procedure masks, and respirators here. 

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Revised 1.17.2022