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Dr. Fauci Just Said When It's OK to Take Off Your Mask

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was on The Daily Show.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and member of the Coronavirus Task Force, went on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah to discuss a number of situations in which you may or may not need a mask. Read on to see how he answered Noah's queries, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus


Dr. Fauci Said You Should Not Necessarily Wear Your Mask When Biking

woman with dust mask commuting on bicycle

"Not necessarily, no, but you should have it with you in case you come into close contact with people on the outside, but if you're alone and there's nobody near you and you're riding your bike, you don't need to wear the mask."


Dr. Fauci Said You Should Put Your Mask on Between Courses at a Restaurant

Woman in a face mask sitting at a bar, looking at the camera while holding her smart phone in her hands

"Yeah. I think because there's enough movement and people that are usually within six feet that you probably should. What I do is I put it around my neck and then I could, you know, eat, drink, and then put it back up when you're waiting for the waiter or something to occur….If you just flip it up and down, you won't"—spread the virus—"you don't want to put your hand on the outside of it." 


Dr. Fauci Said You Should Wear Your Mask in an Empty Elevator

Young chinese woman standing in elevator in medical mask. Doors are closing. Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic concept.

"Well, you know, the answer is when the door opens, somebody might walk in and you have no idea. Well, you know, who's going to walk in, so you might want to just keep it on."

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Dr. Fauci Advised Against Pulling Your Mask Down to Make Yourself Heard

woman putting on a medical disposable mask.

Don't pull your mask down. "You say it again and repeat it. That's a really good point. Because when you then put down, you tend to speak louder with more force. And that's when all of the particles, if they're there, if you're infected will come out. I would leave the mask on."


Dr. Fauci Advised You Wear a Mask at the Movies—Even if There's Only Two Other People There

People in cinema with protection mask keeping distance away to avoid physical contact

"If they're so physically distanced away from you? You probably could keep it off. But remember you gotta be careful because in the theater, if there's not good ventilation, there could be aerosol in that. What I would do, I would probably keep it on just to be safe because I'm indoors. That's the reason: because I'm indoors." Speaking of which: to stay safe during this pandemic, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
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