Wearing a mask can be a little uncomfortable at times. Most people would probably agree that it takes some getting used to. If you have not yet been fullly vaccinated, wearing a mask is a way to keep yourself, your family, and others around you from getting sick. And almost everyone can wear a mask safely.
You may have heard rumors or conflicting advice about masks—that they're not safe or that certain people don't need to wear them. So it's important to know the facts. (If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask.)
Do you wish that wearing a mask could be a little easier and more comfortable? Here are some ideas.
This can keep it from getting dirty and collecting germs. And having a clean mask helps keep your skin clean so it's less likely to get irritated.
If you have to wear a mask for long periods, take breaks when you can. It's okay to take off your mask outside, as long as you follow social-distancing guidelines. You might be less likely to drink enough water while wearing your mask for a long time. So make sure you drink enough.
It's important to always have a clean, dry mask available. If your mask gets wet, it makes it harder to breathe. If you have trouble remembering your mask, keep extras in a bag, in your purse, or in the car.
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2021 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.