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Face Coverings in Public Settings

To protect others from getting sick, everyone in a public setting where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) is recommended to wear a cloth face covering.*

 Cloth face coverings should:


Use this acronym when considering safe homemade mask use:


Who should not wear a cloth face covering?

The cloth face coverings recommended are not  surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.  Please refer to the cloth face covering and respirator comparison chart on the back of this fact sheet for more information.

For more information on a simple sewing and/or non-sewing method for making a homemade mask, please visit

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

Please click here for a "Mask Comparison Chart."

For More Information:

Sedgwick County Health Department
Epidemiology Program
1900 E. 9th St.
Wichita, KS 67214
(316) 660-7300