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Walking without masks at Sukhna can be risky: Docs

June 04, 2020 05:36 AM

COURTESY TOI JUNE 4

Walking without masks at Sukhna can be risky: Docs
‘Can Avoid It If Park Less Crowded’
Shimona.Kanwar@timesgroup.com

Chandigarh:

Wearing masks in public places is a prescription for prevention against Covid-19, along with hand hygiene. However, when it comes to walking or jogging, should masks be still worn? Doctors say that masks are advised only in crowded and public places. But for those who jog or walk briskly in places where less people visit and can stay cautious not to touch their face often, can do away with the mask. However, there is no clear guideline on this from any scientific or health agency.


“Masks are meant for public places. One can feel breathless while running as the fresh air is blocked when the mask is worn. So if you walk alone, there is no need to wear a mask during strenuous workout,” said Dr S K Jindal, former head of the department of pulmonary medicine, PGI.

Moreover, respiratory masks like N95 are meant only for wearing at contaminated or infected places like hospitals.

“Otherwise, a cotton fabric three ply mask is suitable for people. However, not wearing the mask properly and not covering it till the nose and touching the same again and again makes the safety guard worthless,” said a doctor in PGI.

He said, “If one has to walk in public places like Sukhna Lake, not wearing a mask will be risky. We expect cases to rise as the same is happening in other parts of the country. So, it is time to stay protected.”

When asked why is a mask considered as protection against the spread? A PGI doctor said, “The virus can be spread with droplets of cough, sneeze or even while talking with an infected person. As there can be a carrier without symptoms, it is recommended to cover mouth to avoid the droplets from transmission.”

He said, “A cotton fabricbased mask can be used by people. But for those who are residing in the risk areas, respiratory masks are required which are meant for one-time usage.

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