Depending on where you live, you might be seeing masked joggers and cyclists on the streets of your neighborhood. Or you might have gone for a run yourself, mask-free, and been heckled to mask up. At this point, most thoughtful people wear masks indoors in public and outdoors in crowded situations, but wearing a mask when you’re outdoors and alone — or far away from anyone else — has become a frontier of intense debate.

U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden added to the confusion when he recently called for a national mask mandate. In no uncertain terms, he said it could save 40,000 lives over the next three months if everyone wore a mask “outside.”

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