The Biden administration will make 400 million N95 Mask free of charge to U.S. citizens starting next week.How many are you allowed to get, and how do you go about getting them?

Here are our current findings.

You will find free masks everywhere

Wednesday's announcement by the White House stated that masks would be sourced from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile. This stockpile has more than 750,000,000 of highly protective masks. The masks can be picked up at pharmacies across the country and in community health centers.

The White House stated that the masks would be available at community health centers and pharmacies that have partnered in the federal government's COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Walgreens, a Walgreens store in Illinois, said it would partner with the administration to make N95 masks of varying sizes free of charge at Walgreens locations across the country while stocks last.

We know that masks can be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "We are working on the operational details for this program, and will share more information when available," said a Walgreens spokesperson in a statement.

Where can they be found?

The White House stated that they will start shipping next week and distribution will begin late next week.

How many can you get?

According to the White House, "To ensure that all Americans have access to healthcare services," there will be three masks per person.

What type of masks are you going to get?

According to the White House, the masks will be N95 masks. The details of the program were not immediately known, including what kind of masks would be available, whether they will be made available in kid-size, and whether or not the masks can be reworn.

What masks work best against omicron

Friday's update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clarified that N95 and KN95 mask provide the best protection against COVID-19. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not recommend cloth masks over N95s.

According to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, the best mask is the one that you wear and that you can use all day. It also has the ability to be used indoors.

The CDC did not recommend N95 or KN95 masks for the general population. This was because of concerns about the impact on the supply of health care facilities.

KN95 masks as well as N95 masks filter out at minimum 95% of air particles. N95 masks require a higher pressure drop and are frequently considered the "gold standard” for masking.

While N95 and KN95 masks have greater availability now than ever before during the pandemic than any other time, they are often more expensive than cloth or surgical masks that are less protective.

Dr. Allison Arwady was the Chicago Department of Public Health's commissioner earlier this month. She stated that everyone wearing a mask is important.

During a question and answer session, she stated that the greatest jump in protection is from one mask to another.

Arwady stated that KN95 masks were "good to use" when they are available, but stressed the importance of overall mask usage.

She said, "As long it feels comfortable for me to have one of these on," It has a higher level of protection.

In its latest guidance, the CDC stated that it recommends that you wear the best protective mask that fits and is worn consistently.

It stated that a mask should be close to the face, with no gaps, and comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time if necessary.

However, the agency provided a ranking of most commonly used face covers in order of highest protection to least, with N95s being approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health at the top and KN95s at its bottom.

Next on the list were disposable surgical masks. However, the CDC recommended that they be properly fitted. According to agency officials, loosely woven cloth products offer the most protection.

Why is this happening?

Federal officials emphasize that N95 masks provide better protection against , the omicron version of COVID-19 than cloth face coverings.

This will be the largest free distribution of masks by federal government to the general public since when the COVID-19 pandemic started. The administration of then-President Donald Trump considered, but then abandoned plans to distribute masks to individuals at their homes in the early 2020s. After facing increasing criticism this month about the inaccessibility of N95 masks due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, President Joe Biden accepted the initiative.