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N95 Respirator Information

Updated information about masks and N95 respirators for COVID 19.

With the recent announcement that the White House will be distributing free N95 masks, ESSR is providing the following guidance:

N95 respirators are not required for most UMD employees. For more information on the voluntary use of N95 respirators, please see ESSR Fact Sheet.

KN95 masks are required to be worn in classrooms and are recommended everywhere else.

According to the CDC:

  • Masks and respirators are effective at reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, when worn consistently and correctly.
  • Some masks and respirators offer higher levels of protection than others, and some may be harder to tolerate or wear consistently than others. It is most important to wear a well-fitted mask or respirator correctly that is comfortable for you and that provides good protection.



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