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EOHSI member Howard Kipen, MD, MPH featured in The Washington Post: As mask mandates drop, ask these questions to gauge safety of indoor spaces

Many places have ended indoor mask mandates, and public health experts say it’s okay to forgo mask-wearing where vaccination rates are high and infections and hospitalizations are low. As maskless people begin venturing inside, they still may wonder whether it is safe.

FAQ: What to know about the omicron variant of the coronavirus

“There are no absolutes in this business,” says Howard Kipen, professor of occupational and environmental health at the Rutgers University School of Public Health and lead author of a study examining airborne transmission in the homes of infected individuals. “It depends on how crowded it is and whether people are sneezing or coughing or singing or talking or yelling — and how close they are to you. If you live where there are high rates, or people are not well vaccinated, there is reason to still wear a mask.”

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(Source: Marlene Cimons – The Washington Post – March13, 2022) –  

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