Many of us are wondering….Should I really take off my mask?


While we would LOVE to just tell you that it is absolutely safe or not, remember that there are no absolutes.

Whether or not you should wear a mask is a decision about making you “safer” rather than absolutely safe.

There are multiple ways to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (#SMARTS) including keeping activities outdoors or in good ventilation and wearing a good mask.

😷 Here are a few reasons to still wear a mask.

1. You want to continue wearing a mask.
2. You are at high risk (i.e. medical condition).
3. You live with someone who is high risk.
4. You are unvaccinated or live with people who are unvaccinated.
5. You engage in activities where you come into contact with many people who could be at risk (like working in a grocery store).
6. You are required to do so by your employer.
7. You are using public transportation.

If you are wondering how you know if your county is low, medium, or high risk, you can use the CDC’s guidance on low, medium, and high risk counties to help you make a decision on what to do.

➡️ If you live in a low risk area, wear a mask if you are at high risk (like if you are immunocompromised).

➡️ If you live in a moderate risk area, wear one if you are at high risk or live with someone who is at high risk. Wear a mask indoors, in crowded settings, and if you are getting together with multiple people.

➡️ In areas of high transmission, wear a mask for indoor activities wherever you go (including school and work). While outdoor transmission is still pretty unlikely, if you are in a crowded outdoor setting, you should also wear a mask.

And while you might feel awkward being the only on with a mask, know that the level of protection you get from a mask exists on a continuum and one way masking is better than no masking at all. Masking after all, is just one layer of protection, albeit an important one. So, remember your #SMARTS and continue to stay safer!

With Love,
Those Nerdy Girls

Additional links:

CDC Guidance on Masks

Outdoor transmission

Guidance from Yale School of Medicine

Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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