Harm in wearing a mask for an extended period?

Harm in wearing a mask for an extended period?
Harm in wearing a mask for an extended period?

COVID-19 struck in early 2020, forcing us to stay at home and wear masks whenever we went outside. According to medical organizations worldwide, wearing masks is critical for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and keeping the infection under control. The CDC recommended that everyone wear facemasks, while healthcare professionals should wear the most effective (95 percent) N95 masks capable of filtering out airborne particles. However, veneers are not without their drawbacks.

While wearing a mask can help prevent COVID and other airborne diseases, research has shown that wearing a mask for extended periods can cause various physical and psychological problems that can reduce work efficiency. Elisheva Rosner of Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, USA, researched 343 healthcare professionals in 2020 and discovered that wearing masks for extended periods caused headaches, acne, skin breakdown, and impaired cognition. 314 of the 343 participants had at least one of these adverse effects.

Headaches were the most commonly reported side effect of prolonged mask use, with 245 participants (71.4 percent) reporting this issue. Skin breakdown was reported by 51% of participants (175 participants) due to prolonged use of masks. Acne was reported by 182 participants (53.1 percent), and impaired cognition was reported by 81 participants, making it the least reported side effect of wearing masks for a long time.

The coronavirus is still present globally, and wearing a facemask is still required. The participants have proposed several solutions to keep these issues at bay in this situation. They suggested that frequent short breaks, neck massages, and proper hydration helped them with headaches and impaired cognition. To avoid acne, participants suggested avoiding facial makeup and moisturizing their skin before and after shifts. Participants suggested an ear saver, a headband with buttons or paper clips for the mask straps to rest on rather than behind the ears to prevent skin breakdown. These remedies greatly aided the participants in dealing with these side effects.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a virus-borne infection caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild to moderate symptoms and recover without particular medicine. Some, however, will evolve critically ill and need a medical alert.

When an individual infected coughs, sneezes, speaks, sings, or breathes, the virus can spread in small liquid particles from their mouth or nose.
You can get COVID-19 by breathing in the virus or touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. The virus spreads faster indoors and in crowded places.

The authored article is written by Darshana Joshi and shared with Prittle Prattle News  exclusively.
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