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Mask Up Alabama Contest | Win up to $600 by sharing why you feel it is important to wear a mask

The deadline to enter the contest has been extended to 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The Alabama Hospital Association is holding a contest with a first-place prize of $600 to encourage Alabamians to wear a mask.

To enter the Mask Up Alabama Contest, you'll need to make a video expressing why you feel it's important to wear a mask. A statewide panel of judges will select the top 10 submissions which will then go through a public voting process.

The public voting process will determine five winning submissions. The first-place winner will receive a prize of $600, second place will receive $400 and third place will receive $200. The remaining two finalists will receive honorable mentions and will be posted alongside the winner's videos online.

Entries should be 30 seconds or less and should highlight basic information relating to the use of masks and COVID-19. The association said that applicants can utilize the information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their entries.

The deadline to enter the contest has been extended to 12 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Click here to submit your entry.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a plethora of information on how to protect yourself and other from the coronavirus.  

The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public. 

Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Symptoms to look out for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the CDC. 

If you suspect you have the coronavirus, you should seek out testing and self-quarantine. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health. 

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