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Wearing a mask when out in public has become the "new normal" in our society, but is wearing a mask for hours harmful to our health?

In healthy persons, wearing a mask over your nose and mouth for an extended period of time will not cause carbon dioxide poisoning or a lack of enough oxygen, according to the Department of Health.

It states that "healthcare personnel commonly wear masks for extended periods of time while performing their tasks."

Long-term usage of face masks does not result in carbon dioxide poisoning, dizziness, or other health problems, according to studies.

If you have COPD, emphysema, are a heavy smoker, or have asthma and are experiencing negative effects from using a mask, you should consult a doctor.

Cloth masks, according to the Department of Health, give an extra layer of protection against Covid-19 by "limiting the quantity of bacteria that a person distributes into the air."

"If everyone wears a mask, fewer possible virus droplets will be released into the air." Wearing a mask lowers the danger of becoming infected with the virus."

It is critical that you wear the appropriate masks to prevent the virus from spreading and to allow you to breathe correctly.

While N95 masks are used by doctors and nurses to provide further protection, cotton masks are advised for the general people.

According to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), the mask should adhere to the following safety guidelines:

There should be three layers in the mask.

Thick weave cotton, such as denim, calico, upholstery fabric, or Shweshwe, is excellent for the outer two layers.

To make the mask more comfortable to wear, the inner layer should be composed of soft cotton.

Avoid T-shirt material and select textiles that can be washed in hot water and pressed for a mask that is easy to breathe through.

To aid fit, the mask should be square in shape with three pleats.

The mask should extend from the top of the nose to the bottom of the chin, as well as up to the ears.

The mask should be tied behind the head, either with ties from the top and bottom of the mask or with ties from the top and bottom of the mask.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommended that you change your masks every time you wear them.

"You'll need two masks, one to wash and the other to wear. Wash your mask with soap and hot water on a daily basis. The mask should be dried and ironed in the sun. It says, "Do not share your mask with anyone."

Source

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2022-01-07-is-wearing-a-mask-for-a-long-time-bad-for-my-health/

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