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Do you like wearing a mask? The answer is without a doubt, NO. But, do you wear one anyway? You should be.
Even if you ARE wearing that mask in public places, where social distancing is not possible, there may be a few unintended negative side effects.
You should be aware of these side effects, and you just might be able to consciously limit the unintended negative side effects of mask wearing.
First of all, according to the CDC, fabric face masks are not as effective as medical masks, but they will help protect the people around you from the large droplets that you exhale.
HEAR THIS. YOU ARE WEARING MASKS TO BETTER PROTECT THOSE AROUND YOU!!
Have you noticed people just throwing their used disposable masks on the ground? Do Not Do This. First of all, if that mask is contaminated, it’s the perfect conduit for others to possibly get the virus.
Also, the more you use these disposable masks, the more they are going to end up as litter, which ultimately means you are going to see landfills FULL of disposable masks, which are not recyclable. A mask that you can wash and reuse will help protect the environment.
You also need to be aware of what is called the Peltzman effect. It basically says that by increasing one safety measure (like wearing a mask), you might feel “too” safe, and therefore become lackadaisical with other safety measures (like hand washing).
Just because you are wearing a mask, does NOT mean you can blow off the other suggested safety measures. All the safety measures TOGETHER are meant to help protect you (and others around you).
Beware of touching your face more while you are wearing the mask. Sometimes the masks get itchy and annoying. Sometimes they fog up your glasses. Sometimes it is hard to understand what your saying. Resist the urge to touch that mask.
If you MUST touch your mask — Trust me, I understand the fogged up glasses! — immediately wash your hands, or use your hand sanitizer.
Bottom line, masks are important. Fabric masks are better than no masks. You are helping protect those around you by wearing a mask.
Make sure you keep following ALL safety guidelines. Disposable masks can have horrible consequences on the environment.
AND, avoid touching your face, even if your mask is itchy or uncomfortable. Wash your hands, or use that sanitizer!
Stay safe out there!