Mask Off: Researching Face Mask Rumors

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Much has been said on the subject of masks since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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President Biden touring a vaccine manufacturing plant
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When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks except in certain cases in May 2021, it sparked a flurry of questions that felt a little bit like deja vu. There’s been misinformation and malicious disinformation around mask usage since the beginning of the pandemic, from hoax studies to false claims about health issues — and Team Snopes has checked many of them.

Here they are, all in one place.