Do taxi drivers have to wear a mask?

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Taxis are considered public transportation conveyances. Until these guidelines change, Taxi drivers are required to wear a face covering while transporting a passenger. Passengers are also required to wear masks upon entering a cab and while being transported.

Under which circumstances are people not required to wear a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?

• while eating, drinking, or taking medication for brief periods of time;
• while communicating, for brief periods of time, with a person who is hearing impaired when the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
• if, on an aircraft, wearing of oxygen masks is needed because of loss of cabin pressure or other event affecting aircraft ventilation;
• if unconscious (for reasons other than sleeping), incapacitated, unable to be awakened, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance; or
• when necessary to temporarily remove the mask to verify one’s identity such as during Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening or when asked to do so by the ticket or gate agent or any law enforcement official.

When and where should I wear a face mask during COVID-19?

Masks should be used in public settings, but if you are unable to wear a mask because of difficulty breathing during high intensity activities, choose a location with greater ventilation and air exchange (for instance, outdoors versus indoors) and where you can keep at least 6 feet from others during the activity.

Do I have to wear a mask every time I leave the house?

You should be wearing a mask outside if:
• It is difficult to maintain the recommended 6-foot social distancing from others (such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy or walking on a busy street or in a crowded neighborhood)
• If required to by law. Many areas now have mandatory masking regulations when in public

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How often can I reuse a facemask during the COVID-19 pandemic?

● At this time, there is not known a maximum number of uses (donnings) the same facemask could be re-used.
● The facemask should be removed and discarded if soiled, damaged, or hard to breathe through.
● Not all facemasks can be re-used.
- Facemasks that fasten to the provider via ties may not be able to be undone without tearing and should be considered only for extended use, rather than re-use.
- Facemasks with elastic ear hooks may be more suitable for re-use.

Does wearing a face mask cause dizziness and headaches?

Wearing a cloth mask will not cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and headaches (also known as hypercapnia or carbon dioxide toxicity). Carbon dioxide passes through the mask, it does not build up inside the mask.

Who should wear a medical mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Medical masks are recommended for:

• Health workers in clinical settings. See our guidance for more information on the use of personal protective equipment by health care workers.
• Anyone who is feeling unwell, including people with mild symptoms, such as muscle aches, slight cough, sore throat or fatigue.
• Anyone awaiting COVID-19 test results or who has tested positive.
• People caring for someone who is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 outside of health facilities.

Medical masks are also recommended for the following groups, because they are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 and dying:

• People aged 60 or over.
• People of any age with underlying health conditions, including chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, immunocompromised patients and diabetes mellitus.

What is CDC stance on face coverings in workplace?

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings as a protective measure in addition to social distancing (i.e., staying at least 6 feet away from others). Cloth face coverings may be especially important when social distancing is not possible or feasible based on working conditions.

A cloth face covering may reduce the amount of large respiratory droplets that a person spreads when talking, sneezing, or coughing.

Which kind of mask should I wear during COVID-19?

In many circumstances, cloth masks or medical procedure masks work well for community use.

Examples might include:

● Talking with neighbors when you are outdoors and are at least six feet away
● Going to a park, as long as you are able to stay at least six feet away from people who do not live with you

For situations when you are in close contact with people who do not live with you, a mask option that provides a higher level of protection (improved fit and/or improved filtration) should be considered.

These situations might include

● Going to the grocery store
● Visiting the doctor
● Working at a job where you are exposed to people who do not live with you and you are not always able to maintain at least six feet of distance from others

When is a cloth face covering not appropriate while at work?

Cloth face coverings can prevent the wearer from spreading COVID-19 to others, but they may not always be appropriate. Employees should consider using an alternative under certain conditions at work, including:

• If they have trouble breathing.
• If they are unable to remove it without help.
• If it interferes with vision, glasses, or eye protection.
• If straps, strings, or other parts of the covering could get caught in equipment.
• If other work hazards associated with wearing the covering are identified and cannot be addressed without removal of the face covering.

Cloth face coverings should not be worn if their use creates a new risk (e.g., interferes with driving or vision, contributes to heat-related illness) that exceeds their benefit of slowing the spread of the virus.

Can wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic affect people with claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia. Wearing a mask may make people with claustrophobia feel panicky or smothered. And this not a rare problem: claustrophobia is the most common phobia, affecting 5% to 10% of the population.

Does wearing a mask harm your health?

No, wearing a mask will not harm your health even if you are sick with a cold or allergies. If your mask gets too moist just make sure you are changing it regularly.

How can I ride safely using a cab or car service during the COVID-19 pandemic?

First, everyone in the vehicle should wear a mask for the entire ride. To improve the air flow, keep the windows open if possible and, if you need to turn on the air conditioning, don’t recirculate the air as that will only spread germs.

The virus can also be spread by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face—especially the mouth, nose or eyes. To prevent this from happening, you should sanitize your hands and/or use antiseptic wipes on frequently touched surfaces especially before handling your own belongings or face.

If you are the passenger, be sure to use hand sanitizer soon after you first get in the car when you will have just touched the door handles, seat belt and possibly window controls. Then, try not to touch anything during the trip—especially your face—and use hand sanitizer, if you do. If possible, use a contactless payment option.

Can an airline deny boarding a passenger if they don't have a negative COVID-19 test?

Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

Is it possible for a delivery driver to spread COVID-19?

Potential sources of exposure include having close contact with individuals with COVID-19 when picking up or delivering food or groceries, or by touching surfaces touched or handled by a person with COVID-19.

Should employees wear cloth face coverings at work during the COVID-19 pandemic?

CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering as a measure to contain the wearer’s respiratory droplets and help protect others. Employees should not wear a cloth face covering if they have trouble breathing, cannot tolerate wearing it, or can’t remove it without help.

Cloth face coverings are not considered personal protective equipment and may not protect the wearers from exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. However, cloth face coverings may prevent workers, including those who don’t know they have the virus, from spreading it to others.

Remind employees and clients that CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are hard to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Wearing a cloth face covering, however, does not replace the need to practice social distancing.

What should workers know about cloth face coverings and the protection they provide?

• Cloth face coverings, whether provided by the employer or brought from home by the worker, are not respirators or disposable facemasks and do not protect the worker wearing them from exposures.
• Cloth face coverings are only intended to help contain the wearer's respiratory droplets from being spread.
• Used in this way, CDC has recommended cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Wearing them may help people who unknowingly have the virus from spreading it to others.
• Workers can wear a cloth face covering if the employer has determined that a respirator or a disposable facemask is NOT required based on the workplace hazard assessment.

Can face shields help in preventing the spread of COVID-19?

Face shields are not as effective at protecting you or the people around you from respiratory droplets. Face shields have large gaps below and alongside the face, where your respiratory droplets may escape and reach others around you and will not protect you from respiratory droplets from others.

How does wearing masks help to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease?

Wearing masks is a CDC-recommended* approach to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), by reducing the spread of respiratory droplets into the air when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks and by reducing the inhalation of these droplets by the wearer.

What are the risks of wearing an extra mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Adding an extra layer or mask could block vision. Reduced vision could lead to trips, falls, or other injuries.

Could headache be a symptom of COVID-19?

Most people infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus will have no or mild to moderate symptoms associated with the brain or nervous system. However, most hospitalized patients do have symptoms related to the brain or nervous system, most commonly including muscle aches, headaches, dizziness, and altered taste and smell.

Does wearing a mask increase your CO2 intake?

Cloth masks and surgical masks do not provide an airtight fit across the face. The CO2 escapes into the air through the mask when you breathe out or talk. CO2 molecules are small enough to easily pass through mask material. In contrast, the respiratory droplets that carry the virus that causes COVID-19 are much larger than CO2, so they cannot pass as easily through a properly designed and properly worn mask.

Can we reuse disposable surgical masks during COVID-19?

The CDC does not recommend the reuse of disposable surgical masks that are intended to be used once. The FDA recognizes that there may be availability concerns with surgical masks during the COVID-19 public health emergency, but there are strategies to conserve surgical masks.

How often do I need to wash my COVID-19 face covering?

If you're using a cloth face covering, you should wash it after every use. Just like other materials and pieces of clothing, they can become contaminated by bacteria and viruses in our environment and can cause an infection if they're worn for a prolonged period of time without being cleaned.