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FAQ: What You Need to Know About Masks and COVID-19

At this stage in the novel coronavirus pandemic, masks are a fact of life. A majority of states and businesses have mask mandates, and mounting scientific evidence supports wearing them. Below we’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding masks and how to navigate pandemic life in them.

These recommendations are drawn from previously published Washington Post articles and new interviews with medical professionals and public health experts who have been on the front lines of this pandemic.

Please keep in mind that as the novel coronavirus continues to be studied and understood, masking advice may change.  The Washington Post will update this FAQ accordingly.

The FAQ is organized under the following topics:

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