Wearing a mask in public is part of the "new common sense" we live in, but can wearing a mask for hours pose a threat to our health?
According to the Ministry of Health, long-term masking of the nose and mouth of a healthy person does not cause carbon dioxide poisoning or lack of sufficient oxygen.
"Healthcare professionals routinely wear masks for long periods of time to perform their duties"
Studies show that long-term use of face masks causes carbon dioxide addiction, dizziness, or other health problems. It does not occur.
However, if you have COPD or emphysema, if you have a lot of smokers, or if you have asthma and wearing a mask causes side effects, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
The Ministry of Health explains that cloth masks provide additional protection against Covid 19 by "reducing the number of microbes that humans release into the air." “Mass mask wearing will ensure that fewer potential viral droplets are released into the air. Wearing a mask reduces the risk that someone will be exposed to the virus.”
It is important that you wear the right kind of masks, to both prevent spread of the virus and allow you to breath properly.
While the N95 masks used by doctors and nurses add additional protection for healthcare workers, cloth masks are recommended for the public.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the mask should follow these safety guidelines:
The mask should have three layers. The outer two layers are best made from thick weave cotton like denim, calico, upholstery fabric or Shweshwe. The inner layer is best made of soft cotton so that the mask can be worn comfortably. The mask should be easy to breathe, so avoid using T-shirt material and use a fabric that can be washed and ironed with hot water. The mask should be a tri-fold square for a good fit. The mask should extend from above the nose to under the chin and to the ears. The
NICD recommends that you replace the mask each time you wear it.
"To be able to wash one and wear one, you need two masks. Wash the masks daily with soap and hot water. It is best to dry and iron the masks in the sun. Please do not share the mask with anyone. "
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