People with asthma or other lung conditions should not wear a face mask if it makes breathing more difficult, experts warn.
The government issued a notice last week telling the British to wear face masks when they cannot stay two meters from other people to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Masks can help stop the spread of the coronavirus – by catching droplets that infect other people – they cannot prevent the carrier from contracting the virus, but prevent them from spreading it to others.
Masks could make breathing more difficult
Asthma UK said: “For some people with asthma, wearing a face covering may not be easy. This can make breathing more difficult.
“The government has advised people with respiratory problems not to need to wear a face covering – so if you’re having trouble, then don’t. “
Government guidelines state, “If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing is not possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
“This is particularly relevant for short periods indoors in overcrowded areas, for example on public transport or in some stores. “
He adds: “Face covers should not be used by children under 2 years of age or those who may have difficulty handling them properly. For example, children of preschool age or those with respiratory problems. “
For people with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or lung cancer, wearing masks can be particularly difficult.
“Catch-22” for vulnerable people
New York University’s Immunology and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Purvi Parikh told MailOnline, “Those with lung disease are in dire straits because they probably need the mask more than the person. average, but it can be difficult to breathe.
“A tight mask on your face may have difficulty breathing.
“I even understand when I treat my patients. “
She said warm weather could make things even more difficult.
“We are approaching daylight saving time so it is hot outside, and when you are constantly breathing hot air on your own breath, it can be quite uncomfortable. “
The government has released a how-to guide to help people make their own face covers – and stresses that people shouldn’t buy medical grade masks that NHS staff and social workers need.
Dr. Parikh said that people who can wear masks comfortably – even if they have asthma or COPD – should do so if possible.
She said: ” [Vulnerable] people should definitely wear masks if they can.
Not only will it protect them, but people with asthma or COPD can actually spread more viruses because they cough, sneeze, and breathe harder than others. “
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