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Editor’s Note: The following press release was submitted to SOURCE by Nicole Doak, the founder of the Framingham Coronavirus Community Outreach group.


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FRAMINGHAM – We have learned that cloth and paper masks are effective against the Delta variant of COVID-19, but not Omicron. Only high-performance masks like N95, KN95, and KF94 masks block the highly contagious Omicron variant.

The Framingham Coronavirus Community Outreach group has launched an initiative to provide high performance masks to Framingham Public School students in need. Each student receives four masks.

One high performance mask can be re-used after a 72-hour disinfectant period in a sealed paper bag, for a total of 40 hours of use. Four masks per student should last through the surge.

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We will provide as many masks as we can to as many students as we can. We are a grassroots, community organization comprised of Framingham residents helping fellow Framingham residents. We are distributing hundreds of masks and we only started three days ago.

We need help.

If you financially able to do so, please donate to our GoFundMe at If you have masks to spare, please email me at

We are all tired and worn from this pandemic. This is an opportunity to spread a little boost of hope to Framingham’s students who have not had an easy time of it the past couple of years. Please help us in trying to keep each other safe.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.