Russo: Mask Safety at the Beach

Updated July 23, 2020

Wearing a mask can be a challenge for those looking to take a dip in the ocean during the COVID-19 pandemic. While Thomas A. Russo, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, says you should wear a mask at the beach, he knows it’s not reasonable to swim with your face covered. Thus, Russo recommends the “buddy system” at the beach: One person goes for a swim, the other keeps their mask at the ready for when they get out of the ocean. Then, the other person can go for a swim while the first swimmer holds the mask.