Are missourians required to wear masks in public?

Last Update: May 30, 2022

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In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, it is recommended that all individuals in the State of Missouri wear a cloth face covering when in a public setting where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of ...

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.

What happens if I don’t wear a mask in an indoor area or a public transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic?

On conveyances with no outdoor spaces, operators of public transportation conveyances must refuse to board anyone not wearing a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose. On conveyances with outdoor areas, operators must refuse to allow entry to indoor areas to anyone not wearing a mask.

Do you still have to wear a mask if you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

• If you have a condition or taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.

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.

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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.

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 you still get COVID-19 after vaccine?

Most people who get COVID-19 are unvaccinated. However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19. An infection of a fully vaccinated person is referred to as a “breakthrough infection.”

How long will it take to build immunity after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Why do I have to sit for 15 minutes after COVID-19 vaccine?

After their jab, most people will be asked to sit and wait a 15-minute observation period, to watch for rare allergic reactions. Those with a history of serious allergic reactions should prepare to wait up to 30 minutes.

What are the guidelines for the use of face masks in public pools during the COVID-19 pandemic?

• Encourage use of cloth cloth masks among staff and patrons. Cloth masks should be worn in
addition to staying at least 6 feet (a few inches longer than a typical pool noodle, both in and out of
the water) apart from people you don’t live with.
• Advise staff and patrons wearing cloth masks not to wear them in the water. A wet cloth mask can
make it difficult to breathe and likely will not work correctly. This means it is particularly important
to maintain social distancing when in the water.
• Encourage everyone to bring a second (or extra) cloth mask in case the first one gets wet.
Provide staff and patrons with information on how to properly wear, take off, and clean cloth
masks. Remind staff and patrons not to touch their cloth masks when wearing them.

How long can COVID-19 linger in the air?

The smallest very fine droplets, and aerosol particles formed when these fine droplets rapidly dry, are small enough that they can remain suspended in the air for minutes to hours.

How long do COVID-19 aerosols stay in the air?

A person infected with coronavirus — even one with no symptoms — may emit aerosols when they talk or breathe. Aerosols are infectious viral particles that can float or drift around in the air for up to three hours. Another person can breathe in these aerosols and become infected with the coronavirus.

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

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 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 COVID-19 vaccine increase immunity following an infection?

Tafesse's research has found vaccination led to increased levels of neutralizing antibodies against variant forms of the coronavirus in people who had been previously infected. “You will get better protection by also getting vaccinated as compared to just an infection,” he said.

How does the COVID-19 vaccine boost your immune system?

Vaccines work by stimulating your immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to the disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that disease, without having to get the disease first.

How long will the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine provide protection?

Data are not yet available to inform about the duration of protection that the vaccine will provide.

Has anyone tested positive for COVID-19 after vaccine?

Vaccines work to dramatically reduce the risk of developing COVID-19, but no vaccine is perfect. Now, with 174 million people already fully vaccinated, a small portion are experiencing a so-called "breakthrough" infection, meaning they test positive for COVID-19 after being vaccinated.

Why get vaccine if you've had Covid?

Tafesse's research has found vaccination led to increased levels of neutralizing antibodies against variant forms of the coronavirus in people who had been previously infected. “You will get better protection by also getting vaccinated as compared to just an infection,” he said.

Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.​

If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus.

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What are the guidelines for the use of cloth masks in salons or barbershops during COVID-19?

○ Require the use of cloth masks in the salon or barbershop, as appropriate.
▪ Cloth masks are intended to protect other people—not the wearer. They are not considered to be
personal protective equipment.
▪ The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when cloth masks are used along with other preventive
measures, including social distancing. A universal face covering policy can be effective in
preventing the transmission of the virus in close-contact interactions, including within a salon.
▪ Emphasize that care must be taken when putting on and taking off cloth masks to ensure that the
worker or the cloth mask does not become contaminated. Be careful not to touch your eyes,
nose, or mouth when removing the mask and wash hands immediately after.
▪ Cloth masks should be routinely laundered.

When wearing a single cloth facemask, how to properly use a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic?

- Do not touch the face covering or mask while wearing it.
- Do not touch your face, mouth, nose, or eyes while taking off the covering or mask.
- Wash your hands before putting on and after taking off the covering or mask.
- Wash the covering or mask after each use.

How can health care facilities know when to prepare for possible face mask shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The FDA provides information on medical device shortages during the COVID-19 public health emergency and maintains a list of devices that it has determined to be either in shortage or permanently discontinued.