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Is it the right time for mask mandates? A physician weighs in

Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of COVID-19 public transportation rules, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California to Denver, Colorado on April 19, 2022. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)
Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of COVID-19 public transportation rules, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California to Denver, Colorado on April 19, 2022. (Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)

As some cheer — and others bemoan — the end of the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes, trains and public transportation, many wonder: What are the appropriate criteria for a mask mandate? And once the mandate is gone, will it even be possible to bring it back?

Here & Now‘s Celeste Headlee talks to Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and former Baltimore Health Commissioner about mask mandates, masking and public compliance.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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