Pick up a free COVID mask that protects you better than a cloth mask

By WBOK Staff

Thursday, January 13, 2022

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The New Orleans Health Department wants you to mask up – and trade up – to a mask that offers better protection from coronavirus than the cloth mask you’ve probably been wearing.

In announcing a reinstatement of the city mask mandate, Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno urged New Orleanians to wear an N95 or KN95 mask – the type that previously was available to health care workers only.

Those masks are now sold to the general public on Amazon, for various prices. But the city is offering them for free, two per person, at public libraries.

Isis Casanova, Public Information Officer for the Health Department, says the N95 and KN95 masks are made in the U.S. and in China, and are practically the same. The designation “95” means that the masks will block 95 percent of the airborne particles that could carry the virus.

Casanova says the masks also fit better, eliminating the gaps around the nose and cheeks that are typical flaws in most cloth masks.

Here are the libraries where the masks are available:

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