Face masks have become essential tools in our fight against COVID-19 (the new coronavirus). But wearing a dark purple premium disposable face masks raises many questions for people with asthma.
A face mask may not be best for everyone. According to the CDC, these people should not wear face maks:
- Children under age 2
- Anyone who has trouble breathing
- Anyone who is unconscious, unable to help themselves, or can’t remove the mask on their own
Some people with asthma may experience discomfort or have trouble breathing while wearing a face mask.
We all need to work together to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. If you’re having trouble wearing a mask, try a different fabric or fit. Wearing some kind of breathable face mask is better than nothing.
According to the WHO, medical masks when worn the right way do not cause you to breathe in more carbon dioxide or reduce your oxygen levels. And a face mask made of three layers probably won’t fit tightly enough to affect your oxygen either. A face mask may just be uncomfortable.
If you can’t wear a mask because of severe asthma or breathing distress, protect yourself from COVID-19 in other ways:
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Ask others to run errands or shop for you, or use delivery services or curbside pickup if possible.
- When in public, keep a distance from others (physical distancing, about 6 feet).
- Avoid or limit close contact with people who are sick, and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid travel that is not necessary.
- Clean and disinfect your home and car regularly, especially items you touch often.
Changes in the weather can be an asthma trigger. When it’s cold, you may need to wear a scarf or ski mask over your face mask to stay warm.
Pollen can also trigger asthma. When it’s hot, be cautious while wearing face masks during hot weather or when the pollen is high. Consider going out when pollen counts are lower or during the day when temperatures are lower.