Osceola County still has a mandate for wearing face coverings when in public, especially when maintaining six feet of social distancing isn’t feasible, to slow (or stop, that’s better) the spread of COVID-19.

When you’re out exercising, you’re technically in public. It begs the question: Should runners wear a face mask outdoors?

The best answer is … It depends. You won’t always need a face covering while jogging or riding a bike if you’re exercising with no one around, but it’s good to carry one just in case, in case you come up on a crowd.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wear cloth face coverings when out in public, especially in places where it’s hard to stay at least six feet away from others.

If it’s difficult to breathe through a mask when running or doing other strenuous physical activity, find uncrowded trails or times to exercise when you won’t encounter others, says Mark Cameron, an infectious disease expert at Case Western Reserve University.

The more distance you can keep between yourself and others, the better, says Summer Johnson McGee, dean of the University of New Haven’s School of Health Sciences.

Masks are designed to prevent the wearer from possibly spreading the virus to others or being exposed themselves.

(Source: Associated Press)