Why do people wear masks?

Learn why some people still wear masks even though the COVID national emergency has ended.

Seeing people wearing masks because of COVID has become much less common, and masking requirements are almost totally gone.

But some people still wear masks. Learn about reasons why people may choose to wear masks and how masking can protect them and their communities.

This fact sheet answers common questions about masking, such as:

  • How can a mask help me cope with air pollution?
  • How can a mask help with allergies?
  • How does wearing a mask protect others when I’m sick?
  • How does a mask protect me when others are sick? 
Why do people wear masks?

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