To Mask or Not to Mask – Rush

When a Florida judge struck down the federal mandate requiring masks on planes and public transit, airline passengers were seen cheering as they learned they could remove their masks.

But mask mandates remain in place in some parts of the U.S., including New York City. And even if you’re not required to wear one, should you?

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Susan Lopez, MD, a hospitalist at Rush University Medical Center, said that in mass transportation spaces, masking is still an effective way to protect ourselves from COVID-19, even if others are not.

“Although the federal mandate is now lifted, it’s always safer to wear a mask when in confined spaces,” Lopez said. “Even though it’s safer, of course, for everyone to be wearing a mask, even just one-way masking — meaning you’re the only one wearing a mask — is going to provide a good level of protection.”

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