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Those with Lung Disease Still Need to Wear A Mask

Sepy2020image002People with chronic lung conditions may be fearful of wearing a mask. But as the United States continues to struggle to contain COVID-19, medical experts say doing so is the right decision as they are at a high risk of becoming severely ill if infected.

Everyone, including individuals whose breathing is compromised due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), should be able to wear non-N95 face coverings without affecting oxygen or carbon dioxide levels. And they need to do so as infections continue to surge across parts of the country.

Experts suggest that those who are worried about wearing a mask should speak with their physician who can mitigate their concerns. Also, try a variety of different facial coverings to find one that is both effective and comfortable.

As the virus continues to spread, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing masks when out in public, and many states, cities and retail stores have passed their own mandates regarding facial coverings. Experts, however, have instructed the public not to use N95 face masks to ensure that there are enough for healthcare workers.

Along with masks, the most effective ways to help prevent a COVID-19 infection is through social distancing and consistent hand-washing.

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