Studies show that wearing a mask outdoors may not be necessary
SPOKANE, Wash. – Dark winter is behind us and summer is fast approaching.
But, when you take these sunglasses for a walk outside, you might be able to leave this mask at home.
“I would say that for the most part you don’t need to wear a mask outside,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta said. “There are countries in the world, like Israel, that say you don’t have to do this anymore. I think it is enough to use common sense here. “
COVID-19 is mainly spread indoors, in fact, less than 10% of transmission occurs outdoors.
“Looking at the viral transmission and finding that it is actually 19 times less likely to occur outdoors compared to indoors,” said Dr Gupta.
Despite this science, some people still prefer to hide outside, in the hope of protecting their neighbors.
“I don’t think you should risk anyone’s life,” said Jasmin Allison. “Safety is paramount and all together we can make it safe for everyone.”
There are different factors that determine the effectiveness of wearing a mask outdoors, especially the activity you do.
“We’re friends who haven’t seen each other for a long time and enjoy being able to be outside and together, but we want to protect each other,” said Sue McFadden.
If you are outside in a crowded queue or near other people, it is best to mask yourself.
Current CDC guidelines tell us that a mask may not be necessary when you are outdoors alone and away from others or with people who live in your household.
CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said this week the agency is considering relaxing those guidelines, especially for those vaccinated.
“The real question you’re trying to answer, and there are a lot of factors that come into play, is how likely I’m going to breathe someone else’s air,” Dr. Gupta said. “That’s basically it.
Improving science on how this virus spreads is helping us get back to normal.
In the meantime, health experts urge you to continue to wear a mask when needed and to stay away from others, so that we can end this pandemic.
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