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Is wearing a mask at the gym a safe practice?

I went to the gym yesterday. There were about 35 people in the gym, but I kept my neck gaiter (more cloth than polyester). I wiped off everything I used, but there were a few people in the gym who didn't wear a mask.

I've had both Pfizer shots, but I'm worried about getting the virus and spreading it to my family. What do you think? Should I worry?
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It depends on your tolerance for risks with low odds. When you have had a vaccine that gives you 95% protection, that's pretty darn good! Just not 100%.
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My understanding is that neck gaiters don't actually work, so there's that.  If you're going to wear a mask, wear a mask.  It has to fit tightly to work.  Gaiters don't do that.  I don't think the wiping is something to worry a lot about, getting covid from surfaces is a tiny risk, but in a gym people are huffing and puffing and putting a lot of droplets into the air.  I'm not sure what the actual protection is from the vaccine you had, some reports put it at 94.7% or so from the earliest clinical trials and some put it at 90% now that folks are getting shots, and they are all less effective than that for certain variants that may or may not be around your community, so I would still wear a mask at a gym and if I ruled the world they would be required at a gym, but at some point we're all going to have to get back to life and accept a certain level of risk.  How much we wish to tolerate is up to us, but again, because I believe in protecting others, I'd be more stringent in a gym than has been the case.  I certainly haven't been to one, but again, can't stay hunkered down forever.  I'd just want to see enough vaccine for herd immunity first, I think.  Peace.
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Do Wear a mask and urge others to do same. We are not sure of effect of vaccine on new variants
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Again, we do have pretty good evidence about the variants we now know about.  But you're right, future variants are still a wild card.  For now, the vaccines are working well against all known variants, though with some reduction in protection but still with very good protection against dying or severe illness.
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