Masks and Sports - When to Wear one

While wearing a mask or facial covering is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19, there have been some questions raised about wearing them while playing sports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends athletes wear a mask when it is feasible to have one on, especially when social distancing isn't possible. For youth athletes, the CDC SAYS parents, coaches, and sports administrators should decide if kids and teens need to wear a mask.

For low intensity sports, the health agency suggests wearing a mask during games and practices and to practice social distancing. For high intensity sports, which involve a lot of running, wearing a mask may make it harder to breath, If you end up in a situation where you're unable to wear a mask the CDC says to consider playing in an area with good air ventilation and air exchange -- such as playing outside instead of inside.

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