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By now, all travelers know to upgrade their cloth or surgical masks to something of a much higher caliber like a KN95 or better yet, an N95. But you have to wear them properly otherwise it’s not effective (here’s how to wear an N95 properly). N95s were in short supply when the pandemic began but production has ramped up and now the federal government is going to start giving away 400 million of these for free at many pharmacies around the country so you can save some money.
According to CBS News: “Major pharmacy chains said they expect to start distributing the free face coverings this week. The effort comes as public health experts encourage the use of higher quality masks, including N95 respirators.”
This is all part of the federal government’s Federal Retail Pharmacy Program (FRRP) and the CDC has a list of the 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks on their website where you can find the masks and vaccines and you can even search by state. There are too many to list but all the expected places are listed like CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens.
Walgreens stated in an email to CNN per ABC News that “Customers and patients can pick up a maximum of three masks per person.” Also: “We expect the first stores to begin offering masks on Friday, Jan. 28, and will continue on a rolling basis in the days and weeks following. Participating stores will have signage indicating mask availability.”
I imagine there’s going to be a huge rush on them so if you can’t get one or need more than three, then you can find them online on Amazon. Below are links to the ones that a doctor told us in an interview she recommends since there are so many fakes out there.