Wearing a face mask has become the new normal across the world due to the ravaging effects of covid-19. This came as an intervention by the Federal government to protect individuals from the virus, other harmful dust, air borne diseases and to curtail the spread of the virus.
Here are some of the effects of wearing a face/nose mask for a prolonged period of time;
Breathing difficulty: Not a scientist but, from the days of biology i understand that humans breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Face masks obstructs free air flow and reduces the amount of air you take in, thereby making the wearer inhale his/her own exhaled air i.e carbon dioxide.
Loss of smell: This tend to occur as a result longer usage of the mask and more effects differ from people.
Irritation/Allergies: Excessive usage could result in skin irritation around the entire surface area due to heat, accumulated sweat, itchiness and then, depending on materials used, it causes redness on the skin (which we’ve seen many health workers suffer from).
Decreased Immune System: Scientific investigations have proven that a prolonged denial of enough oxygen in your body can cripple the ability of your immune system to tackle infections.
Sight Discomfort: When one wears a mask, the easiest escape route for exhaled air is upward towards the eyes. This air goes into the eyes, generating an uncomfortable feeling and an impulse to touch your eyes. For those of us who use eye glasses, air creates fog and messes with one’s sight every moment. This forces the wearer to clean their glasses all the time. This is such a huge burden.
Another point i can’t but include is the cost effect, it is recommended that we dispose off a used mask every day. Considering the daily increase/inflation in the market especially for face masks, a lot of people have opted for the custom fabric ones which are reusable.
It is highly recommended that during this period where wearing a face mask is mandatory, its better to take off the mask when you are alone and/or maintain a physical distance as recommended by the government.
In conclusion, both the older and younger people wearing face masks are said to be more vulnerable.