Marylanders receive KN95 face masks at state-run COVID-19 testing sites – WBAL TV Baltimore

HOW TO GET ONE. MARYLAND’S 20 MILLION MASK DISTRIBUTION PLAN UNDWAYER AT THE STATE RUN COVID-19 TESTING SITE IN ANNAPOLIS ON FRIY.DA >> ONE OFY M CO-WORKERS TOLD ME SO I’M THANKFUL FOR THAT. KATE: PUBLIC EXPTSER URGGIN CLOTH AND SURGICAL MASKS ARE NOT GOODOR F THE OMICRON VARIANT ASKING TO UPGDERA FOR A SURGICAL GRADE MASK. >> I’M GOING TO GIVE THIS A TRY AND GIVE ONE TO MY MOM, OF COURSE, AND I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS SICK WITH M.S. AND I’M GIVING THE OTHER ONES TO H.IM KATE: STATE OFFICIALS HOPING TO FACILITATEHE T SWITCH WITH DISTRIBUTION POINTS LIKE THIS ONE. RESIDENTS WALKING UP TODAY FOR FREE RAPID AT-HOME TEST KITS AND KN-95 MASKS GIVEN AWAY IN PACKS OF FIVE. HEALTH EXPERTS ARE NOW SAYING DITCH THE CLOTH MASK LIKE YOU HAVE AND WEAR A KN-95 INSTEAD. >> I DO NOT KNOW WHY. I HAVEN’T HEARD AN EXPLANATION. KATE: WE SHOWED HER THIS VIDEO. FROM DUTCH RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DELT COMPARING LEAKAGE ACROSS MASK TYPES, THE SURGICAL MASK GIVING AEROSSOL MULTIPLE WAYS TO ESCAPE BUT THE N-95 TEYP SPSTO LEAKS DRAMATICALLY, ESPECIALLY IF PROPERLY FITTED. >> WHEN IT COMES TO KN-95’S, N-95’S AND KF-94’S, FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES THEY’RELL A FUNCTIONALLY EQUIVALENT. >> I WANT TO KNOW HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU WHEREHE T MASKS? >> THESE MASKS CAN BE REUSED. KATE: EXPERTS SAY THOSE MKSAS CAN BE REUSED FOR DAYS TO WEEKS IF THEY’REOT N DIRTY, DAMP OR DAMAGED, THE EXPERTS SAY TAKE IT OFF, SEAL 2 IN A BAG ANDUS JT LET IT BE, LEAVE IT ALONE. THEY SAY YOU CAN WEART I THE NEXT DAY BUT IF YOU WANT TO EXTEND THE LONGEVITY OF THAT MASK, YOU CAN MAKE IT PART OF A ROTATION. IN ANNAPOLIS, I’M

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Marylanders receive KN95 face masks at state-run COVID-19 testing sites

For the first time in months, Marylanders were able to go to a state-run COVID-19 testing site for something other than a test — hundreds received medical-grade face masks Friday.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||All of the state-run vaccination and testing sites are distribution points going forward for Maryland’s new supply of 20 million KN95 masks. Until Friday, many of the people who received masks said they didn’t know how to get one.”I’m going to give this a try and give one to my mom, of course, and then I have a friend who’s sick. He’s got (multiple sclerosis) and I’m going to give the other one to him,” said Jeri Holland, of Annapolis.| CDC: Types of masks and respiratorsPublic health experts emphasized that cloth and surgical-style masks are no match for the highly transmissible omicron variant.”When it comes to masks, not all of them are created equally,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Officials are urging people to upgrade to an N95-type, medical-grade mask, and state officials hope to facilitate the switch with distribution points at state vaccination and testing sites. Residents can walk up to get free rapid, at-home test kits and a pack of five KN95 masks.| RELATED: 6 more COVID-19 testing sites to open, state to distribute face masksVideo from Dutch researchers at the University of Delft compared leakage across mask types. The research showed surgical masks gave aerosols multiple ways to escape, but the N95 masks stopped leaks dramatically — especially if properly fitted.| RELATED: Face masks reduce distance airborne pathogens can travel by more than half, study finds”When it comes to KN95s, M95s, N95s KF94s, for all intents and purposes, they’re all functionally equivalent,” Adalja said. “These masks can be reused.”Experts said to throw a mask away if it’s damp, dirty or damaged. Otherwise, you can safely wear a single-use mask again for days to weeks. The experts suggest taking it off, sealing it in a bag and leaving it alone. You can then wear it the next day because the virus doesn’t live long on surfaces. You can extend its longevity if you put it in a rotation of several masks.

For the first time in months, Marylanders were able to go to a state-run COVID-19 testing site for something other than a test — hundreds received medical-grade face masks Friday.

|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||

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All of the state-run vaccination and testing sites are distribution points going forward for Maryland’s new supply of 20 million KN95 masks. Until Friday, many of the people who received masks said they didn’t know how to get one.

“I’m going to give this a try and give one to my mom, of course, and then I have a friend who’s sick. He’s got (multiple sclerosis) and I’m going to give the other one to him,” said Jeri Holland, of Annapolis.

| CDC: Types of masks and respirators

Public health experts emphasized that cloth and surgical-style masks are no match for the highly transmissible omicron variant.

“When it comes to masks, not all of them are created equally,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Officials are urging people to upgrade to an N95-type, medical-grade mask, and state officials hope to facilitate the switch with distribution points at state vaccination and testing sites. Residents can walk up to get free rapid, at-home test kits and a pack of five KN95 masks.

| RELATED: 6 more COVID-19 testing sites to open, state to distribute face masks

Video from Dutch researchers at the University of Delft compared leakage across mask types. The research showed surgical masks gave aerosols multiple ways to escape, but the N95 masks stopped leaks dramatically — especially if properly fitted.

| RELATED: Face masks reduce distance airborne pathogens can travel by more than half, study finds

“When it comes to KN95s, M95s, N95s KF94s, for all intents and purposes, they’re all functionally equivalent,” Adalja said. “These masks can be reused.”

Experts said to throw a mask away if it’s damp, dirty or damaged. Otherwise, you can safely wear a single-use mask again for days to weeks. The experts suggest taking it off, sealing it in a bag and leaving it alone. You can then wear it the next day because the virus doesn’t live long on surfaces. You can extend its longevity if you put it in a rotation of several masks.

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