Coronavirus & Masks: Mask protects against Covid infection, but does it also have disadvantages? Know the opinion of experts

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Coronavirus Masks: Masks not only protect you from getting infected with corona but also keep you safe from many other infections.

Coronavirus & Masks: Wearing masks was made mandatory from March 2020 onwards ever since the coronavirus epidemic started. Although there are many difficulties in wearing it, it has become a part of our lifestyle. Many people pay attention to the problems related to the mask and forget its benefits. Like every situation, masks also have some advantages and some disadvantages. Recommended by public health officials, wearing a mask is an advantage that cannot be taken lightly as it protects our health and we also protect others by using it properly.

Dr. Harish Chafle, Senior Consultant, Pulmonology and Critical Care, Global Hospital, Mumbai says, “We all indeed miss each other’s beautiful smiles. Our lives have indeed changed a lot. Because we don't get to see people's facial expressions anymore. We know it's not the norm but luckily we don't have to wear masks forever."

“You have probably heard about the disadvantages of wearing a mask. These include difficulty in breathing, hearing loss, acne, foggy glasses, etc. We agree with this, but at the same time, there are many benefits of wearing a mask. Especially in the time of this pandemic."

Is wearing a mask beneficial or harmful?

According to Dr. Sushil Jain, Pulmonary Consultant at Masina Hospital, Mumbai, the use of masks is part of a comprehensive package of corona infection prevention and control measures, which can limit the spread of certain respiratory viral diseases, including COVID-19. Masks can be used to protect healthy people. However, the use of masks alone is not enough to avoid Kovid.

Potential benefits of mask use by healthy people in the general public include:

Reducing the spread of respiratory droplets containing infectious viral particles, including infected individuals who have not developed symptoms.
There is less chance of stigma and greater acceptance of wearing a mask, whether it is wearing a mask to prevent infection or while caring for COVID-19 patients.
Making people feel that they can play a role in contributing to stopping the spread of the virus
Encouraging behaviors associated with transmission prevention, such as hand hygiene and frequent touching of the eyes, nose, and mouth.
Preventing transmission of other respiratory diseases such as tuberculosis and influenza and reducing the burden of other diseases during epidemics.

Disadvantages of using masks

  • Headache or respiratory problems, depending on the mask being used.
  • Skin problems, including sores, swelling, and worsening of acne, are often caused by wearing a mask for long periods.
  • Difficulty communicating clearly, especially for people who are deaf or who have poor hearing or use and who understand by lip-reading.
  • trouble wearing a mask
  • Do not throw the mask in the right place after use.

Can inhaling carbon dioxide while wearing a mask be harmful?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that wearing a mask does not increase the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the air you breathe. On rumors about CO2, the CDC says, "Fabric masks and surgical masks do not provide an airtight fit to the face.

When you exhale or talk, CO2 is released into the air through the mask. The CO2 molecules are so small that they can easily pass through the mask. The respiratory droplets that cause COVID-19 infection are much larger than CO2 and cannot easily pass through the mask."

What else can be worn instead of a mask?

Face shields are also available at this time, but they can only protect the eyes to some extent and do not provide as much protection as a mask.