WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) officials have warned people against wearing masks while exercising saying that they may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably and as such pose a serious risk to users.
Following the outbreak of the pandemic, the use of facemasks has skyrocketed as they are recommended for use in public places. In an update on the Covid-19 pandemic yesterday, WHO warned that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly, which makes it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms.
A WHO spokesman added: “The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain a physical distance of at least one metre from others. Also, while wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally.
“Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp. Medical masks, also known as surgical masks, are flat or pleated they are affixed to the head with straps or have ear loops.”
According to WHO, the prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn, does not cause carbon dioxide intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. It, however, noted that the prolonged use of medical masks could be uncomfortable.
In addition, the WHO spokesman said: “As a precautionary measure, particularly in homes where infants and small children crawl or play on floors, consider leaving your shoes at the entrance of your home. This will help prevent contact with dirt or any waste that could be carried on the soles of shoes.
“The virus that causes Covid-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae and antibiotics do not work against viruses. Some people who become ill with Covid-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication and in this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a health care provider.”
WHO noted that currently there was no licensed medication to cure Covid-19. It advised people that have symptoms of the disease to call their health care provider or Covid-19 hotline for assistance.