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Mask Off: Researching Face Mask Rumors

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

Published May 14, 2021

President Biden touring a vaccine manufacturing plant (The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)
President Biden touring a vaccine manufacturing plant (Image Via The White House, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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