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New Guidance on Masking Outdoors

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says Americans can safely remove their masks when outdoors alone or with household members, but not in crowds. Research has shown that the risk of virus spread is very low during individual or small group activities outside where distance can be safely maintained. The agency recommends that in indoor and tightly packed outdoor settings, however, masks should still be worn to prevent virus spread. Listen to hear the reasons behind the CDC’s updated guidelines, and learn what experts believe is the key to putting the pandemic behind us.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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