Wearing a Mask and Dealing with the Summer Heat
This is something we made available as we were getting into summer and since we still have at least the rest of August and a portion of September, it was felt that a re-read of how to make things more comfortable while wearing a mask in this heat might help.
For those that have worn a mask for any amount of time, you know how uncomfortable they can be and the problems they can cause.
Since I wear glasses I'm constantly having the specs fog up when I don a mask. I know there are tips on how to help with the problem but it's just a pain. Plus you feel like you're not getting enough oxygen under those layers of fabric. I'm constantly pulling the mask away from my face to get back to whatever normal is supposed to be.
Even in the humid heat of summer, it's important to keep wearing the masks and maintaining social distancing. This is from Dr. Waleed Javaid, director of infection prevention and control at Mount Sinai Downtown in New York City.
In a story from WebMD, switching to a different mask might help during the high humidity and heat:
Keeping both your mouth and nose covered is important. Folks struggling with their mask in the heat might try switching to a lightweight one that's more breathable.
Since masks are now more readily available, your chances of finding the lighter weight surgical masks are better.
According to the report on WebMD:
"A light surgical mask probably does the trick with the least amount of discomfort"
Here's something I didn't know...If your mask starts to get damp due to your sweat, the ability to keep out the coronavirus lessens.
So whatever your view is on wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, know that you have options to make your summer less restricting if you choose to wear one.