Let’s be real for a second: Masks suck. They’re uncomfortable, especially in the Central Valley heat, and they prevent you from doing a lot of the normal things you’re used to doing with the people you love.

But here’s the reality: Wearing a mask is still one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19.

No one wants to live in a masked world forever. So that’s why it’s important to stop believing common mask myths you may have heard—or that’s the way it’s going to be.

Here are some of the top mask myths that Well+Good recently debunked:

  • Myth 1: There’s no science to support wearing masks
  • Myth 2: You don’t need to wear a mask if you don’t have symptoms
  • Myth 3: You don’t have to wear a mask if you’ve already had COVID-19

See the other mask myths at Well+Good.