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Yes, you can wear a mask while exercising. Here’s how 3 options stack up.
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Yes, you can wear a mask while exercising. Here’s how 3 options stack up.

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Want to know how various masks stack up while running or exercising? Here is one reporter's review.

I’ve refused to wear a mask while running.

Instead, I’ve stuck with the coronavirus bob-and-weave, the runner’s distressing new game of chicken with other pedestrians who don’t clock your speed, cyclists in the bike lane you invariably duck into, and the occasional frustrated driver inching slowly behind you down a residential block because you’re running in the street to avoid people on the sidewalk.

It’s a lot of trouble, I told myself, but it’s better than a mask. And I don’t have to wear a mask.

Depending on where you live, that may no longer be viable. In a neighborhood like mine, where everyone’s new favorite activity is an evening walk, and the burger joint takeout line is too crowd-adjacent for comfort, it’s often just not possible to maintain 6 feet of distance when I’m on a run.

So I did the unthinkable: I went running with a mask on. At least one time, it went fine. Here’s how three common mask choices stand up to running

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