Wearing a mask or not? – What is the best decision in the current situation?

The rules for wearing a mask are now looser, but since the coronavirus has not disappeared, many may wonder if it is still worth wearing the mask and, if so, where.

At present, we only have to wear a mask in certain places in Hungary, otherwise we see few people wearing a mask on the street, in shops, on vehicles. However, as the coronavirus epidemic is still ongoing, although the number of cases is declining, the question arises as to whether it is still worth wearing a mask and, if so, where and under what circumstances.

Does the mask protect us from sitting next to someone who is not wearing it?

Well, it depends a lot on what type of mask we wear and whether we wear it properly. That is, whether it covers the mouth and nose. A good quality N95 mask offers much more protection than the textile or surgical type. At the same time, if the person sitting next to us in a vehicle is coronary and coughing, masks don’t help much – despite the fact that most means of transport are adequately ventilated.

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Need to rethink a trip if our loved ones are immunocompromised?

If there are immunocompromised people in our family or circle of friends, we can visit them, but it is important to test ourselves first to see if we are sick. Anyone who travels to a high-risk location or goes into immunodeficiency should have a coronavirus test: a quick test 24 hours before the appointment and then one when they arrive.

Experts say we need to use all available tools for protection, including testing. For travel – even if you only get on a bus – wearing a high quality mask is clearly the safe choice. If you use public transportation every day, you may want to take a coronavirus test more often. This is because early detection opens the door to different types of treatment – for example, the use of antiviral drugs.

It is also important to see which situations pose an increased threat to us. For example, if you wore a mask while traveling but do not enter a bar or restaurant on arrival, the chances of getting a coronavirus infection are almost the same. Let’s be honest with ourselves and ask the question: which situations pose the greatest risk in our case.

Is it safe for an unvaccinated child without a mask to travel?

Children who are too young to be vaccinated with Covid – Pfizer and Moderna are approved for those over 5 years of age – are best protected when surrounded by vaccinated, masked adults while traveling. Keep in mind that children 2 years of age and older also have the option to wear a mask, so they can still be protected this way.

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