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A face mask sign is displayed in a window in Queens, New York City on May 11, the day the federal public health emergency for COVID ended. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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As U.S. COVID hospitalizations rise, some places are bringing mask mandates back

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This photo of a professor wearing a mask went viral. So did his response to critics

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Masks are just one protective measure for these airline passengers arriving in Shanghai from Paris. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Mask mandates on public transportation are no longer in effect following a ruling by federal judge on Monday. The federal government says it will appeal the ruling but is taking its time doing so. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Travelers sit in a waiting area at Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, R.I., on April 19. A federal judge's decision to strike down the federal mask mandate has left travelers to assess the risks of public transit on their own. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of the federal mask mandate, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport to Denver, on Tuesday. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Travelers will need to continue to wear protective face masks at airports, on planes, trains, buses and transit hubs, as the CDC is extending the mask requirement for travelers. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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CDC extends transportation mask mandate until May 3

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People travel through the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Governors from 21 states are suing to end the federal mask mandate for public transportation. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Students wear masks as a teacher instructs them at Freedom Preparatory Academy on Sept. 10, 2020 in Provo, Utah. GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Do masks in school affect kids' speech and social skills?

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade as they pass by the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida. The theme park resort announced Tuesday that face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated visitors in all indoor and outdoor locations. John Raoux/AP hide caption

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Masked White Plains, N.Y., High School students walk between classes last year. A day after a judge overturned New York's mask mandate, an appellate judge temporarily restored it as the state prepares an appeal. Mark Lennihan/AP file photo hide caption

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People wear face coverings inside Grand Central Market on Wednesday in Los Angeles. California residents, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, are required to wear face masks in all indoor public settings beginning Wednesday. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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As omicron spreads, health experts push for mask mandates. But few states have one

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