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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Getting Your Cloth Face Covering

The federal government launched “Project America Strong” to distribute reusable cotton face coverings in support of critical infrastructure areas across the country. We know that individuals can have COVID-19 unknowingly or without showing symptoms, but they can still spread the virus. The cotton face covering is a barrier between you and the people around you. The face coverings provided by the government are 100% cotton and contain silver and copper, which help prevent the growth of viruses and germs.

Here are a few things you need to know about the face coverings provided by the federal government:



Wear the Face Covering as Part of a Plan to Protect your Community and Co-workers

Wearing this face covering, coupled with important safety measures recommended by the CDC, can help limit the spread of the virus in your community and to your co-workers, patients or clients.



Maximize Effectiveness of the Face Covering

We do not recommend that you alter the cloth face coverings. Embellishing the face covering could restrict airflow and dyes may harm the protective materials used in the face covering, making it less effective.


Use Your Face Covering Safely

If you find you are sensitive to the materials that are used in the production of the face covering, please stop wearing it.

Other kinds of cloth face coverings will also provide protection, and it is easy to make your own.


Requesting a Face Covering

Requests from companies and other entities within specific infrastructure sectors (such as food and agriculture; energy; water and waste water systems; transportation systems; chemical, emergency  services and communications) should be submitted to local and state emergency management officials or other agencies as determined by the state, tribe or territory.  State, local, tribal and territorial government representatives may request face coverings by contacting their respective FEMA regional representative.



  • This page last reviewed: May 14, 2020