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What The End Of The Mask Mandate Means For The Pandemic — And High-Risk Travelers

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What The End Of The Mask Mandate Means For The Pandemic — And High-Risk Travelers

Travelers walk through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on April 19, 2022. - Mask mandates on public transportation are no longer in effect following a ruling by federal judge on April 18, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP) (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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A federal judge struck down the CDC's mask mandate for public transportation on Monday, clearing the way for airlines and ride hailing companies to eliminate mask requirements for passengers. What might the change mean for travelers — especially those most vulnerable to infection or too young to be vaccinated?

NPR science correspondents Selena Simmons-Duffin and Maria Godoy explain.

NPR's Tamara Keith outlines the political implications for the Biden administration.

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