Know Your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

The NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things as we stay strong and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19.

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash

  • Wear a cloth mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

These actions can protect our families and neighbors as the state works to ease restrictions while the virus is still circulating.

All North Carolinians are encouraged to share this message in their businesses and through their organizations.

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Know Your Ws/Stop if You Have Symptoms Signs

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Radio Ads

Thirteen radio ads on the 3 Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash), social distancing and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African American and Latinx communities. These 30-, 15- and 10-second ads are free to be aired by any radio station or entity.

Video PSAs

Video PSAs

Vimeo files available to download and share

NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen on practicing the 3 Ws

NCDHHS State Health Director & Chief Medical Officer Dr. Betsey Tilson

NCDHHS Latino Ombudsman Rogelio Valencia


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Know Your Ws/Stay Strong Signs



Know Your Ws/Stop if You Have Symptoms