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Do I still have to wear a mask outside?

Infection and Spread Masks

A: It depends. Remember that outside is much safer, but it’s not magic! ☀️ We’re all anxious to get outdoors as the weather improves. Shedding our masks along with our long pants is SO tempting. Because SARS-CoV-2 is most often spread through “swapping air” with others, ventilation is a key factor in transmission. 💨Outdoor air

Can’t I just give my nose a little break while I’m wearing my mask?


STILL worth repeating, after all these months! A: Nope. COVER THOSE SCHNOZZES! Why? The nose is often the first place the virus attaches and is a replication hotspot. This may be because ACE2 — the cell surface receptor that the virus uses to get into cells — is more abundant on nasal-lining cells and less

¿Debería utilizar dos mascarillas?

Masks Posts en Español

R: Si, la ciencia lo recomienda. En situaciones en las que no se puede evitar lugares muy concurridos o llenos de gente, como ir de compras o viajar, utilizar dos mascarillas, una de tela sobre una médica, puede brindar protección adicional. Todos hemos escuchado que la nueva variante del virus B117 puede ser más transmisible,

¿Qué tipo de mascarilla debo utilizar en mi comunidad?

Masks Posts en Español

R: Las mascarillas efectivas cumplen con tres requisitos: son cómodas, seguras y están hechas de múltiples capas. La mascarilla debe sellar el puente de la nariz, las mejillas y la barbilla. Las mascarillas hechas de múltiples capas de material superan a las máscaras de una sola capa. Es más probable que alguien utilice una mascarilla

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Data and Metrics Families Masks Socializing Staying Safe Vaccines Videos

In this live Q&A, Dear Pandemic contributing scientists Drs. Ashley Ritter and Malia Jones will be taking questions about pantyhose, vaccine safety, herd immunity, & keeping kids safer. If you have a question, put it in our question box at www.dearpandemic.org. ➡️ Welcome, Intros, and Announcements (0:00-2:03) ➡️ Should we be wearing nylon pantyhose over

What’s up with the new CDC mask study?

Masks Staying Safe

A: Good news, double-masking or tightening up ear loops works! Remember the key features of effective masking: FILTERING and FIT. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new experimental study testing ways to improve mask fit for cloth and medical masks to reduce leakage around the edges. Using mannequin “headforms” and

Tips for Improving Communication While Masked

Masks Socializing

Q: I’m having a hard time hearing. Any tips for improving communication while masked? A: We can’t ditch the masks but we can slow down our conversations, speak up, and add additional tools to improve communication. Universal efforts to improve masked communication aim to keep everyone engaged, regardless of their hearing abilities. Hearing difficulty in

How do we protect ourselves against the new COVID virus variants?

Masks Staying Safe

A: To protect ourselves from COVID-19 (including the new variants), we need to use all our SMARTS! ↔️ Space: Keep your distance from other people. 😷 Masks: Keep your nose + mouth covered with a mask that fits well. 💨 Air: Keep it fresh. 🔄 Restrict: Keep your circle small. ⏰ Time: Keep your interactions

Help! I’m so confused…which is the best mask?


A: Check out our mask cheat sheet below, and #MaskUp! Remember the 2 keys to mask effectiveness: 💥FILTRATION and FIT Nerdy Girl mask ranking: 1️⃣ N95 2️⃣ KF94 (Korea), FFP2 (Europe) 3️⃣ KN95s (buyer beware: manufacturer should hold a ‘NIOSH Certificate’) 4️⃣ Double-mask (cloth mask on top of surgical, OR cloth mask with filter insert)

Dear Pandemic COVID Q&A

Masks Vaccines Videos

In this live Q&A, Dear Pandemic contributing scientists Drs. Malia Jones & Michelle Kinder will be tackling questions from our readers about the different kinds of vaccines, vaccine side effects, and questions about masks! If you have a question, put it in our question box at www.dearpandemic.org. ➡️ Welcome, Intros, and Announcements (0:00-2:10) ➡️ Explainer