How well does my cloth face mask protect me from COVID-19?
In general, we wear cloth face masks because they protect other people from getting COVID-19 from us, in case we have it and don’t know. Cloth face masks work best if they have several layers of woven fabric, we have clean hands, and we stay at least six feet away from other people.
Cloth Face Coverings
Join the Washington Mask Challenge
Make, wear and donate cloth masks
The Lt. Governor’s office has partnered with the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and Serve Washington to organize a statewide homemade mask-making initiative to encourage the general public to make, wear, and donate cloth masks.
Best practices on face masks or cloth face coverings
- From the CDC - Use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19
- Guidance on cloth face coverings (pdf) from the Washington State Department of Health
- King County directive to wear face coverings and which face covering you should wear
How to make a face mask
- Learn how to make a homemade mask (pdf) from the Department of Labor and Industries
- How to make a face mask from an old t-shirt from the Surgeon General
Have one to donate?
Interested in donating PPE? Here's information on how you can help