As we all have experienced since the start of the pandemic in 2020, variants continue to quickly evolve and with that so does the guidance on mask wearing. Additionally, many people have the question: If I'm vaccinated, do I need to wear a mask?
Sheela Sehnoi, MD, MPH, a Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist says, “There's nothing that's ‘safe’—it’s always ‘safer.’ If you are fully vaccinated, it is safer than it was two years ago to be around people without a mask,” she said.
Masks have been a valuable preventive tool throughout the pandemic, and some health experts have pointed out that COVID-19 is not the only reason to hold onto them. From cold and flu season to periods when COVID-19 is spiking in your area, a mask will give all people, but especially young children and immunocompromised individuals better protection to keep them safe and healthier.
While mask manufacturers have no influence on masking policies relating to the coronavirus pandemic, RZ Industries® believes in transparency, and sharing the most up-to-date information available. When you do need to mask up, RZ® provides top-tier protection, filtering up to 99.9% of particulates down to .1 micron – exceeding the N95 standard (95% filtration of particulates down to .3 micron). Combine our protective safety masks with our patent-pending Exhalation Valve Caps for top level protection for you and those around you.
The CDC considers full vaccination to be reached two weeks after the final dose is received by each individual. Once you are fully vaccinated, the CDC has updated recommendations on safe activities and how to stay safe once you're vaccinated.
- OUTDOORS: In general you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. However, in areas with high transmission levels (track your area here), consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
- PROTECTION FOR IMMUNOCOMPROMISED: People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
- INDOORS: If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize your protection from evolving COVID-19 variants and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
- TRAVEL: While most national airports no longer require masks on airplanes, some exceptions include New York’s John F. Kennedy International and La Guardia airports, Philadelphia International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Mask mandates vary when flying internationally. While it's not longer required, the CDC continues to recommend wearing a face covering while flying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Note that some states have additional regulations that include mask usage in other situations and venues.
Generally, if you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations, the CDC says you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. Check your local COVID-19 Community Level for recommendations on when to wear a mask indoors and additional precautions you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19. If you are immunocompromised or more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, learn more about how to protect yourself.
At RZ Industries®, we’re passionate about providing you with best-in-class air filtration solutions and safety equipment. When your health is on the line, choose the 99.9% filtration of our industry-leading reusable face masks, F-series replacement filters, and other safety accessories.
Note About Masks and Valves
All reusable RZ Masks® come standard with exhalation valves, which help to reduce heat and moisture inside the mask, and further combat any fogging of your glasses. However, based on the CDC guidelines for mask wearing, to wear an RZ Mask for COVID-19 public health purposes, wearers should replace the standard Exhalation Valves with our patent-pending Exhalation Valve Caps to protect those around you from any unfiltered air exiting the mask.
The RZ Exhalation Valve Caps block all unfiltered air from exiting the valves, so your exhaled breath must pass through the mask filter. You can get a pair of our teal Exhalation Valve Caps for FREE with any mask purchase using promo code CAPGWP.