HARLINGEN, Texas – Some people believe wearing face masks could cause you to inhale too much carbon dioxide and cause other health problems.
However, health experts say that is not the case.
“The purpose of the mask is to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus to others in our community, said Dr. Christopher Romero from Valley Baptist Medical Center.
Romero says you can relax and assures that wearing face masks do not pose any health dangers.
“Simple face coverings, surgical masks, even heavier duty ones like the ones we wear in the hospital for isolation, like the N-95 they are safe to wear,” he explained.
Wearing a face mask for a long period of time can be uncomfortable and for some it can cause skin irritation.
He says it is safe to take off your mask for a break as long as you are practicing social distancing and washing your hands before and after.
Additionally, you should make sure the mask is properly worn.
“Having a mask cover both the nose and mouth is the appropriate way to wear it. Just having it cover your mouth or covering your chin doesn’t make it effective,” he said.
It may take time to get used to this new habit but Dr. Romero assures it is safe.
“For years and decades, people have been wearing masks throughout the day without any issue,” he said.
While the state may have reopened it is still recommended to wear your masks when out in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19.