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It's safe to unmask in many places, says the CDC. These experts aren't quite ready

According to the new CDC metrics, about 70% of the U.S. population lives in a place where they no longer need to wear a mask to protect themselves and others. Their calculation is based on three variables: rates of new cases, new hospital admissions and hospital capacity.

But infectious disease specialists surveyed by NPR say they're not ditching their masks just yet. Many still plan to wear them because they live in a part of the country where the coronavirus is still spreading widely — at least for the time being.

When would they feel comfortable dining in, teaching and grocery shopping sans masks? They shared their personal risk calculations with NPR.

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