COVID-19 Mask Tips for When You're the Only Person with a Mask On
Masking for your health is now optional in most places, including public transportation.
It is more important than ever that you wear the right kind of mask to ensure you have the best protection. Experts specifically recommend respirator masks such as N95, KN95, and KF94 especially now that you are likely to encounter more unmasked people.
Why is it optional now? Recently federal courts said that masking on public transportation is no longer a requirement. Many public and private transportation companies changed their requirements to make wearing a facemask optional. In some cases, these changes occurred while people were mid-transit and not able to consent to a ride with unmasked passengers.
Many of us depend on public transportation:
- to go to the doctor
- to go to work
- to shop for groceries
- to visit friends and family
- to go to other appointments
Even though masking is not required, you can still wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
Still have questions? Contact the Disability Vaccine Access Hotline at (800) 787-6046
South Carolina Disability Vaccine Access Hotline:
A hotline staffed by Able South Carolina and Disability Rights South Carolina designed to provide people with disabilities information about many different aspects of the COVID-19 vaccine. These resources include but are not limited to:
- Address any concerns you may have about getting the vaccine
- Find a trusted medical provider
- Assist with vaccine appointment scheduling
- Navigate transportation to get your vaccine
- Offer resources and guidance on transportation to and from vaccine
- Answer some of the most common disability related questions related to the COVID-19 vaccine
- Provide information about accessible vaccine sites based on crowd sourced data
- Address other disability-related barriers about the vaccine you may be experiencing
The staff of the Disability Vaccine Access Hotline are not licensed medical providers. They are unable to offer medical advice about the best vaccine for you or predict how the vaccine may affect you or your family