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The White House plans to distribute 400 million N95 dust masks beginning next week at no cost, The Washington Post reported.

The news comes a day after the White House launched its website to distribute millions of free at-home COVID rapid antigen tests.

N95 respirator masks are tightly woven triple layered synthetic cloth masks typically worn by healthcare workers, painters, and factory workers to filter bacteria, dust, aerosol paint, and other large particles.

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N95 masks are so-called because they filter out 95% of particles down to 0.3 microns.

The coronavirus measures around 0.1 microns or smaller.

In 2020, Pres. Joe Biden announced a joint effort with the US Postal Service to mail millions of blue surgical face masks to American homes.

However, late last year, the CDC finally admitted blue surgical masks are useless against the virus. Surgical masks were designed to trap larger bacteria - not virus.
 
RELATED: Health experts say cloth surgical masks are 'not effective' against omicron
 

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The CDC recommended N95 or KN95 masks for adults and children to battle the mild Omicron virus.

The White House said the N95 masks will be distributed by the Strategic National Stockpile, which has about 750 million N95 masks.

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ESPN host Stephen A. Smith credits the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine with saving his life after he was diagnosed with double pneumonia on New Year's Day.

The 54-year-old sports analyst is triple vaccinated, but his vaccine status didn't prevent him from becoming severely ill and hospitalized.

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Smith returned to the set of ESPN's "First Take" on Monday, where he told viewers his doctors said he would have died without the vaccine.

Smith says he thought he was dying after he was hospitalized with a 103-degree fever and double pneumonia on January 1. "It almost took me out."

He described waking up at night soaked in sweat and "coughing profusely."

"I didn't know if I was going to make it. They told me, had I not been vaccinated, I wouldn't be here. That's how bad I was.

"The vaccine, according to [my doctors] saved me," he said.

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Smith noted that "everybody's different," and he mentioned his sister, who is a smoker, had recovered from COVID in a few days.

"You're assuming that you'll have a fever, might have a cough, gonna have that massive headache — but you'll get over it," he said. "In a lot of cases that was the case. In my case it was totally different."

As Smith spoke, he coughed and cleared his throat often. He assured his viewers that he'd tested negative for COVID.

Smith urged viewers to get vaccinated and wear N95 or KN95 masks.

"I think the one thing to emphasize the importance of, no matter how you feel about the vaccine, that mask is important," he said.

"The reason why the mask is so important is you don't know how the next person is affected. How I'm affected is different from you are affected."

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Smith shared a photo of him receiving his first vaccine dose in March 2021 and urged his fans to "think about your fellow man and woman, not just yourself, when it comes to this."

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People at risk of death include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, those with pre-existing conditions, and smokers (cigarettes or marijuana).

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In March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci went viral when he said blue face masks were not effective against the novel coronavirus. Face masks were designed to trap large bacteria, not a virus.

For the past two years, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended wearing blue surgical face masks or bandanas for protection against the novel coronavirus.
 
RELATED: Video: Dr. Fauci Explains Why Face Masks Aren’t Necessary
 
Now the CDC agrees with Fauci that blue surgical masks and cloth masks are not effective against Covid-19.

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The CDC now claims the best protection against the mild Omicron variant are N95 masks or KN95 masks for adults and children.

N95 masks are "respirator" masks that filter 95% of airborne particles. The white masks are worn by healthcare workers, painters and factory workers to trap bacteria, dust and aerosolized paint.

However, in order to be effective, N95 masks must be fitted by another healthcare worker and it must pass an air test to ensure no air is getting in.

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Officials say adults and children should wear N95 masks and eye coverings, in addition to getting three vaccines.

Worcester Medical Director and Director of Pediatric Trauma at UMass Memorial Health Dr. Michael Hirsh said, "Cloth masks and ... bandanas and homemade bandanas around their face are not effective against omicron. That is clear."

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He added: "The universal precaution is now one of these better masks, eye coverings and in general, the three doses of the vaccine, your first two and then the booster. That's your basic level of protection."

Covid-19 is a novel coronavirus that causes flu-like symptoms. People most affected by COVID include the elderly, immunocompromised, morbidly obese, smokers, and people with pre-existing medical conditions.